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Bugfest @ Insectropolis, Insectropolis, 1761 Route 9. 10 am – 3 pm. Cockroach races, face painting...732349-7090TOMS RIVER Spring Schedule, Robert J. Novins Planetarium, Ocean County College, College Drive, off Hooper Ave. Secret of the Cardboard. For schedule: www.ocean. edu/campus/planetarium TOMS RIVER Pine Barrens: Sights and Sounds of the Forest, Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen’s Museum, 120 W. Main St., Rt. 9. 10 am – 11 am. Children will learn how tree 609-812-0649 TUCKERTON 3rd Annual Privateers & Pirates Festival, Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen’s Museum, 120 W. Main St., Rt. 9. 11 am – 5 pm. - TUCKERTON

Monday, June Sunday, June


Children’s Theatre: Peter Pan and Captain Hook, Surflight Theatre, Engleside & Beach. 6:00 pm. 609-492-9477 LONG BEACH ISLAND


Children’s Theatre: The Cat in the Hat, Surflight Theatre, Engleside & Beach. 6:00 pm. LONG BEACH ISLAND

Joseph Bilby – Civil War Personalities, Herbertsville Firehouse, 601 Herbertsville Rd. 7:30 pm. 732785-2500 BRICK

Doggy Yappy Hour Ocean County Park, Route 88. 6 pm - 8 pm. Dog friendly event (must be on a leash and vaccinated). Rain or shine. 732-506-9090 o LAKEWOOD

LBI Thankyou Fest, Long Beach Island. All day and night. Live music, craft vendors, festival food, and family fun. 609-494-7211 LONG BEACH ISLAND


Barnegat Concert: Sounds of the Street, Public Dock, East Bay Ave. 7 - 9 pm. Please bring your chairs. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the Brackman Middle School, 6:30 pm. BARNEGAT 14th Annual Richard West Wheelchair Race, Salem Ave. 9 am. 609-296-1043 o/LONG BEACH ISLAND Island Heights Cottage Museum, 105 Simpson Ave. Open year-round Wednesday 1 - 4 pm, Every Third Sat 9 am - 3 pm. 732-9292815 - ISLAND HEIGHTS The Survival Race Obstacle Course and Mud Run, Rte. 537. Family-focused 5k, obstacle course and mud run. 732-928-1821JACKSON Doughboys in the Great War, Tuckerton Historical Society, 35 Leitz Blvd. & Wisteria Lane. 2 - 4 pm. 609-294-1547,LITTLE EGG HARBOR Father’s Day, New Egypt Speedway, 720 Route 539. 6 pm. 609-758-1900 NEW EGYPT Sand Soccer Storm, Seaside Heights Boardwalk. 9 am. Beach soccer competitions. 732-830-3700or SEASIDE HEIGHTS Blazin’ Blondes, TRACO Theater, 16 Washington St. 8 pm. Jazz Singer Maggie Worsdale pays tribute to Marlene Dietrich, Mae West and Sophie Tucker.732-228-7273 TOMS RIVER Estuaries: Familes, Food and Fun!, Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen’s Museum, 120 W. Main St., Rt. 9. 10 am – 11 am 609-8120649 TUCKERTON


Summertime Magic, Fantasy Island Amusement Park, 320 West Seventh. 7:30 pm, 8:30 pm & 9:30 pm. T 609-492-4000 - BEACH HAVEN/LONG BEACH ISLAND Celebrity Hitting Challenge, Among the participants are former Phillies Mickey Morandini, Matt Stairs, and Mitch Williams, former Met and Yankee Doc Gooden, former Giants linebacker Pepper Johnson, former Jets running back Bruce Harper, and comedians Artie Lange and Jim Florentine, 732-901-7000 LAKEWOOD


Evening Ghost Stories, Long Beach Island Historical Museum, Engleside & Beach Aves. 7 pm. Learn about supernatural events on LBI. Reservations required, weather permitting. Runs Tuesday & Wednesday June 18 - August 27. 609709-1425 LONG BEACH ISLAND 2013 South Atlantic League All-Star Game: Minor League Cedar Bridge & New Hampshire Aves. North vs. South featuring the best baseball players in the South Atlantic League. 732-901-7000 LAKEWOOD Dirty Jersey 60, New Egypt Speedway, 720 Route 539. 6 pm. NEW EGYPT


Evening Ghost Stories, Long Beach Island Historical Museum, Engleside & Beach Aves. 7 pm. 609-709-1425 LONG BEACH ISLAND

Open: Show Place Ice Cream Parlour, Enjoy a show and dessert as you become part of the entertainment, talented wait staff perform Cabaret, 609-4920018 BEACH HAVEN Ocean County College Midweek Jazz Series: 732255-0500 or www.ocean. edu - TOMS RIVER


Thursday, June

Backstage Pass Concert Series: Thomas Wesley Stern Concert, Strand Center for the Arts, 400 Clifton Ave. 8 pm. Nostalgic and contemporary four piece band, intimate performance allows the audience to sit on stage with the performers. 732367-7789 LAKEWOOD

Friday, June


Arts and Crafts by the Sea Festival, Seaside Heights Boardwalk. 11 am - 7 pm. Annual event features over 40 artists and crafters, shopping day with the sights and sounds of the Jersey Shore in the background.732-830-3700 SEASIDE HEIGHTS

Cruz Night, Main St. 6 pm - 9 pm. Classic car and truck show. Every 2nd Thursday June - September. Information: 609-7582241 or - NEW EGYPT

Benthic Sampling, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, 130 Great Bay Blvd. 6 pm – 7:30 pm. Collect and explore and discover the things that live in mucky sand of the local waters. Information: 609-812-0649 TUCKERTON

2013 35th Annual Mako Fever Catch It Tournament. Weigh in: 3:30 pm 7:30 pm each day. Captains meeting June 20 at Hoffman’s Marina, 608 Green Ave., Brielle at 7 pm. 732600-5681 OCEAN COUNTY


Barnegat Concert: Timeless Soundz, Public Dock, East Bay Ave. 7 - 9 pm. Please bring your chairs. All concerts are free of charge. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the Brackman Middle School, 600 Barnegat Blvd. North, doors will open at 6:30 pm. - BARNEGAT

Saturday, June

Home Based Business Expo, American Legion 2025 Church Road. 9 am - 1 pm. TOMS RIVER


Father’s Day, Jenkinson’s Aquarium, Boardwalk & Parkway. All day. All dads are free with paid child admission. 732-899-1659 POINT PLEASANT BEACH


Seven Bridges for Seven Brothers, Bengal Auditorium, Barnegat High School, 180 Bengal Blvd. 2 pm & 8 pm. Musical performance about seven sweeties and their shotgun weddings. 609-3128306 BARNEGAT

IH Secret Gardens & Scenic Porches Tour, Island Heights Cultural & Heritage Association, 15 Simpson Ave. 10 am - 4 pm. Tour 8+ wonderful private gardens & porches in Historic Island Heights!! O.C. Master Gardeners on The Cottage porch. Come see how beautifully Island Heights has recovered after Sandy! 732-929-4779 - ISLAND HEIGHTS LBI Artist Open Studio Tour, Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences, 120 Long Beach Blvd. 10 am – 4 pm. 609494-1241 LOVELADIES Barrier Island: Sand and Silly Shellfish, Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen’s Museum, 120 W. Main St., Rt. 9. 10 am – 11 am. Examine different kinds of sand using scientific tools, discover critters that once lived inside unique shells on the barrier islands. 609-8120649 TUCKERTON


Giant Yard Sale, Ocean C o u n t y Park, Route 88. 8 am - Noon. Toys, games, clothes, furniture, new and used items, food and refreshments available for purchase. Rain or shine. Information: 732506-9090 or - LAKEWOOD

Sunday, June

5th Annual Jersey Shore Fine Arts Festival, Ethel A. Jacobsen Elementary School, 200 South Barnegat Ave. 10 am - 6 pm. 609494-7211 SHIP BOTTOM

Father’s Day Celebration, Laurita Winery, 35 Archertown Road. 609-758-8000 NEW EGYPT

Monday, June

Scout Night, New Egypt Speedway, 720 Route 539. 6 pm. Kids 16 and under in uniform receive FREE General Admission. 609-7581900 NEW EGYPT


2013 Father’s Day! , Music Man Singing Ice Cream Shoppe, 732-8542779 LAVALLETTE

Father’s Day Shut Up & Eat Supper with the Sopranos, Sea Oaks Golf Club, Comedy Show. 609-296-2656LITTLE EGG HARBOR

Tuesday, June

Stafford Founders Day, Manahawkin Lake Park, Rt. 9. 10 am. Craft and food vendors, local businesses. Entertainment by the Mott’s Creek Pickers, 609597-1000 MANAHAWKIN

Wednesday, June

Lighthouse International Film Festival, Various venues on Long Beach Island. 609-207-1126 LONG BEACH ISLAND


Cruisin’ Dow ntow n, Washington St., Downtown. 6 pm - 9 pm. 732-341-8738 TOMS RIVER

Build and Underwater Robot, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, 130 Great Bay Blvd. 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. 609-812-0649 TUCKERTON

Thursday, June

Friday, June Saturday, June


Ocean Fun Day, Island Beach State Park, Rt. 35. 11 am - 3 pm. Enjoy exhibits, classes, nature tours, and children’s activities 732-8721300 ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK

Saturday, June


Spring Weekend Broadway Cabarets, Music Man Singing Ice Cream Shoppe, 732-854-2779 LAVALLETTE

Tuesday, June

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Father’s Day Sunday, June

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Wednesday, June


Pine Beach 5K and 1 Mile Riverside Run, Vista Park, Riverside Dr. & Midland Ave. 1 Mile: 8:15 am, 732349-6425 - PINE BEACH

Editor’s Choice: Suggested Destinations

Tuckerton Seaport The Tuckerton Seaport, a working maritime village, is located along the Tuckerton Creek. Located on Tuckerton Creek in Historic Tuckerton 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton, New Jersey 609-296-8868

Pine Creek Railroad Founded in 1952, the New Jersey Museum of Transportation, Inc. Pine Creek Railroad is one of the oldest continually operating narrow gauge steam preservation railway exhibits in the country. 265 Atlantic Ave, Wall Township. 732-938-5524.

Monmouth Battlefield

Each year the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield co-sponsors, with the DEP, State of New Jersey, an annual reenactment of the battle. The event is usually held on a weekend towards the end of June, in commemoration of the anniversary of the battle being fought on June 28, 1778. This year’s event will be held Saturday, June 15-Sunday, June 16. 347 Freehold-Englishtown Rd., Manalapan, NJ 07726. (732) 462-9616

The River Lady The River Lady is a 130 passenger, 85 foot long authentic reproduction of a paddle wheel riverboat. The River Lady splendidly captures the ambiance of a 19th century Mississippi Paddleboat. The River Lady cruises the Toms River and Barnegat Bay. The riverbanks are surrounded by enchanting hills and beautifully manicured lawns and gardens. The homes along the river are uniquely designed, many dating back to the turn of the century. It is located at 1 Robbins Parkway in historic Downtown Toms River. Call 1-888-393-7107 to purchase advanced tickets.

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Inside This Issue...

Story on Page 26

President Obama Visits Pt. Pleasant

Shooting in Jackson Prompts Lockdown at Three Schools

President Barack Obama toured Point Pleasant Beach and its rebuilt boardwalk with Governor Chris Christie on Tuesday, May 28th before the pair headed north to Asbury Park where the President spoke at Convention Hall to a large audence about New Jerpage sey’s Rocvery Process.


TR North Shore Conference Champs Brick Township Officially Opens Trader’s Cove & Marina Story on Page 32

School News from Toms River, Brick, Jackson and Monsignor Donovan. Story on Page 36

World Record Ribbon Cutting Held from Island Beach to Seaside Heights Story on Page 10

Insurance Woes Jeopardize Future of Joey Harrison’s Surf Club Story on Page 18

On the Cover... Left Photo: Boy Scout from Jackson Township waves an American flag during the town’s annual Memorial Day parade. Photo by Phil Stilton.

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Memorial Day Celebration in Brick A heartfelt Memorial Day ceremony in Brick Township brings home the reality of war as Gold Star Mothers spoke about losing their children to combat injuries.

Main Photo: E-Scow class sailboat on the Toms River. Photo by Erik Weber.

Right Photo: Beachwood’s Courtney Zahn sings the National Anthem during the annual Memorial Day ceremony at Neilson Monument Park as Police Chief Robert L. Tapp looks on. Photo by Erik Weber.

The Toms River High School North Mariners defeated Jackson Liberty to win the 2013 Shore Conference Tournament championship.


Army Corps of Engineers Announces Update to Beach Replenishment Plan Story on Page 10 Children enjoyed the carnival at St. Aloysius Church in Jackson Township. See Story on page 28.


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Ocean County President Obama Tours Ocean County

Police Officers Graduate From Academy

THE FINAL STEPS TO GRADUATION – Class 33 Recruit Kasey L. Collins of the Bay Head Police Department stops to salute the dignitaries on the dais including (from left to right) Chaplin James Occhipinti, Ocean County Police Academy Director Charles M. Dishon, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little during graduation ceremonies for Special Law Enforcement Officer II Classes 32 and 33. Submitted by Mandi Mewengkang, Ocean County Tourism President Barack Obama and Governor Christie take a moment to meet with local residents between playing games of chance at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant.

President Barack Obama speaks to New Jersey residents in Asbury Park during his visit to the Jersey Shore. Photos by Tim Larsen, Governor Christie’s Office.

Kimball Medical Center Celebrates 100th Year Compiled from archival information and elements of the KMC Centennial Magazine LAKEWOOD-This year, Kimball Medical Center celebrates its 100th year of providing medical services to residents of Ocean County. Named after local physician Dr. Paul Kimball, Paul Kimball Hospital, as it was originally known, was built by the Lakewood community to aid the sick close to home and to contain contagious diseases. It opened its doors on May 1st, 1913. During the first year in operation, this first and only hospital within Ocean County admitted 259 patients. Over time, the 16bed community hospital was in need of expansion. In 1923, Kimball added an additional 40 patient beds, a new dining room, and an operating suite. Soon after, the American College of Surgeons awarded Paul Kimball Hospital with a Class “A” designation. In the early 1930s, with the Great Depression roiling through American society, budgetary shortfalls

nearly shuttered the institution, but advertising campaigns and citizen-fueled fundraising helped save it. Later in that decade, the hospital took in some of the casualties related to the Hindenburg airship inferno and crash at Naval Air Station Lakehurst. In the economic boom that followed the end of World War II, Paul Kimball Hospital grew and advanced along with medical technologies and techniques that carried it through the remainder of the 20th century. Today, Kimball Medical Center is a 350-bed, fully accredited, acute care hospital providing medical and healthcare services to the residents of Ocean County and southern Monmouth County. On May 1st, the hospital hosted a Centennial Celebration with community leaders, including Lakewood Mayor Albert Akerman. The Lakewood High School marching band performed and a time capsule, to be opened in 100 years, was on display.

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LAKEWOOD – As the sounds of a bagpiper filled the Wellness Center at Georgian Court University, the police recruits from Special Law Enforcement Officer II Recruit Classes 32 and 33 marked the end of their extensive training at the Ocean County Police Academy. “The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders is very proud of all of the police recruits who successfully completed their training at the Ocean County Police Academy,” said Freeholder John P. Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety. “A lot of time, effort and especially dedication goes into being a peace officer. I know all of these new officers will do a fine job as they protect our citizens and visitors.” The recruits in Class 32, which trained in the evenings, began their academy work on Aug. 27 while the recruits in Class 33, which trained during the day, began Dec. 18. Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Veterans Service Bureau

noted that four of the new officers were veterans.“With Memorial Day weekend upon us I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention that some of you have served our country in the military and now you bring those skills, along with your passion, dedication and desire, to serve our communities,” Little said. “I want to recognize Hugh B. Meehan III of the Point Pleasant Beach Police Department and Jason Nielsen of the Carteret Police Department for their service in the United States Marines. And, I want to acknowledge Travis Woods and Isaac Loveland, both of the Point Pleasant Beach Police Department, for their service in the United States Navy.”To all of the recruits seated here today, yours is not an easy job, and I thank you for wanting to do it,” he said. The guest speaker at the graduation was Lt. Colonel Matthew M. Wilson, Deputy Superintendent of Investigations, New Jersey State Police. Chaplin James Occhipinti gave the invocation and benediction. Class 32 award recipients were: Michael J. Wade, Stafford Township Police Department, High Academic, High Physical Fitness and High Overall; Anthony W.

Pruchnik, Seaside Heights Police Department, High Marksmanship, and Jason R. Nielsen, Carteret Police Department, the Joseph A. Perna Leadership Award. Class 33 award recipients were: Gary J. Grimes, Point Pleasant Beach Police Department, High Academic and High Physical Fitness; Travis L. Woods, Point Pleasant Beach Police Department, High Marksmanship and Distinguished Expert Perfect Score; Paul H. Golden, Point Pleasant Beach Police Department, High Overall; Hugh B. Meehan III, Point Pleasant Beach Police Department, the Joseph A. Perna Leadership Award, and Cristian Pena, Carteret Police Department, Police Academy Director’s Award. Class 32 graduates and their respective police departments are: Casey Chant, Anthony Chiarello III, David A. Cruz, Philip N. Forgione, Michael S. Geiger, Kyle L. Lamar, Luke R. Lanno, Michael T. Marco, Kevin R.

lette Police Department; Andrew G. Haldenwang, Beach Haven Police Department; Daniel E. Hourigan, and Casey M. McPartlin, both of the Lakehurst Police Department, and Adam N. Sherer, Michael J. Wade, both of the Stafford Township Police Department. Class 33 graduates and their respective police departments are: Daniel A. Abbatemarco, Ryan S. Buck, Brendan T. Coutu, Keith M. French, Paul H. Golden, Gary J. Grimes, Kyle J. Hayes, Isaac S. Loveland, James F. McGuire, Hugh B. Meehan, III, Andrew J. Meyer, Jack C. Neary, Brian A. Newman, Zachary A. Sherman, Sean M. Signorello, Daniel C. Wehrle, and Travis L. Woods, all Point Pleasant Beach Police Department. Also, Michael T. Alleman, Michael Baldasari, Brandon J. Burkhardt, Michael F. Herring, Ryan W. Nani, Patrick L. Nurthen, Destinee D. Quintero, Johnny J. Saada, Daniel J. Sullivan, James E. Tillett, all

McDermott, Kevin A. Meier, Ryan T. Morris, Anthony W. Pruchnik, Matthew Schou, Matthew J. Torbik, Ryker W. Toscano, and Joseph A. Vargovic, all of the Seaside Heights Police Department. And Joseph DeQuarto, Jason R. Nielsen, both of the Carteret Police Department; Jason J. Guide, William J. Hannon, both of the Laval-

of the Seaside Park Police Department; Kasey L. Collins, Bay Head Police Department; Scott J. Ferguson and Nicholas A. Massa, both of the Mantoloking Police Department; Gulrej S. Nandha and Cristian Pena, both of the Carteret Police Department; Richard B. O’Hagan, Ship Bottom Police Department and Kevin M. Richards, Franklin Township Police Department.

NOAA Forecasts Above Normal Atlantic Ocean Hurricane Season in 2013

County officials advise residents to prepare in advance

NOAA, Ocean Co. Board of Chosen Freeholders WASHINGTON, D.C.The Atlantic basin is expected to see an above-normal hurricane season this year, according to the seasonal outlook issued by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center – a division of the Na-

tional Weather Service. Across the entire Atlantic Basin for the sixmonth season, which begins June 1, NOAA is predicting the following ranges this year: • 12 to 18 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which: • 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), includ-

ing: • 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher) Each of these ranges has a 70 percent likelihood, and indicate that activity will exceed the seasonal average of 11 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes. Ocean County public safe-

ty officials are urging residents to be prepared as a new hurricane and summer storm season gets underway. The hurricane season begins June 1 and lasts until the end of November. The height of the season typically occurs in late August and during the month of September although tropical systems can develop off the Atlantic Coast late into the season like Sandy which came ashore on Oct. 29. “Waiting for a weather event to happen is not the time to think about what to do,” said Acting Sheriff William Sommeling, who oversees the Ocean County Office of Emergency Management. Annual preparations for the hurricane season include creating or updating a disaster supply kit. The kit should include a gallon of drinking water a day for each person and a battery-powered radio, which could become the sole source of information during an emergency.

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Ocean County Freeholder Briefs

The following contains information provided by the Ocean County Board of Freeholders.

Sandy Volunteers Honored at Luncheon

More than 140 senior citizens who devote much of their time volunteering to help others were honored at a special luncheon in Toms River on May 22nd. For the past 31 years, the Ocean County Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) has teamed older adults with members of the community in need of assistance. Freeholder Gerry P. Little and Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari presented a proclamation to Alisa MacCrate, RSVP program director, thanking her, her staff and the more than 500 volunteers who participate in the program. “Ocean County has the highest concentration of senior citizens in the nation and many of them are 85, 90 or even older,” Mr. Vicari said. “They need your help more than ever before.” Freeholder Vicari is chairman of the Ocean County Department of Senior Services, while Freeholder Little is liaison to the Ocean County Board of Social Services. In 2012, volunteers provided nearly 37,000 hours of service which, if paid for by the county, would cost nearly $950,000, noted Freeholder Little.

Dates Announced for 2013 Hazardous Waste Collection Program

Ocean County announced the additional dates, times and locations for the county’s household hazardous waste collection program, which runs until October. “This year we started a new approach to scheduling the collection of this material,” said Freeholder James F. Lacey, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management. “Instead of grouping all the dates in one month in the fall and one month in the spring, we are holding the collection one day on a weekend each month through October.” The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders is expected to award a contract to Radiac Research Corp. of Brooklyn, N.Y. at almost 40 cents a pound to conduct the program. Dates, times, and locations for the upcoming monthly collections are: Lakewood Township Public Works Yard, 1 America Ave., on Sunday June 23; Berkeley Township Public Works Garage, Pinewald-Keswick Road, on Saturday July 27; Jackson Township Public Works Garage, 10 Don Connor Blvd., Saturday Aug. 24; Long Beach Township Public Works Garage, 7910 Long Beach Blvd., Saturday Sept. 28 and Point Pleasant Beach Municipal Parking Lot, Arnold and Ocean avenues, Saturday Oct. 5. Collection

times are from 9 am to 3 pm on all collection dates. Last year, 306,951 pounds of household hazardous waste was collected and safely disposed of. Freeholder Lacey also noted that municipal recycling centers and the county’s recycling centers allow for drop off of a host of materials including used paint, motor oil and car batteries. “Our residents should check with us or their local recycling center to determine what is accepted so items do not have to take up space in their garage or basements,” he said. While Ocean County’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection program is free, citizens must register with the County. Residents can drop off a maximum of 200 pounds of dry material and 20 gallons of liquid. No containers over five gallons will be accepted. The county is using funds from the State Recycling Enhancement Act Tax Fund to operate the program. Materials accepted at the household hazardous waste collection sites are: paints, thinners, boat paints, solvents, pool chemicals, pesticides and herbicides, aerosol cans, auto products, toilet and drain cleaners, silver polishes, oven cleaners, photographic chemicals, rug and upholstery cleaners, polishes and bleaches, waste oil and used gasoline. Additional information can be found on the county website at or by calling 1-800-55-RECYCLE.

Ocean County 911 Operations Getting New Home

Ocean County’s emergency dispatching 911 operations is getting a new home with room to meet future needs of the county and state-of-theart equipment. The current 911 dispatching center has been moved to an existing warehouse on Chestnut Street in Toms River, which the county had used in the past to store its voting machines. Those machines were moved to a warehouse in Lakewood. Work began on the expansion project in late 2012. “This will provide over 16,000 square feet for a new enlarged 911 center,” Freeholder James Kelly said. The expanded call center has the capacity to include 18 state-of-the-art police and fire dispatch stations and eight call taker stations for a total of 26 stations, an increase from the 12 dispatch consoles and six call taker stations currently there. Ocean County has answered more than 82,000 911 calls so far this year, not including officer dispatched and department calls. During the time span from October 28th to November 3rd, 2012, dispatchers handled more than 17,000 calls before, during and after Hur-

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ricane Sandy. The county will also upgrade its radio communications to 700 MHz from 500, meeting Homeland Security requirements. The expanded facility also includes training rooms for staff and dispatchers. In addition, the roof and other parts of the structure have been upgraded to withstand hurricane force winds. There will also be back-up generators on the site in order to assure residents emergency calls will continue to be answered during hurricanes or natural disasters of any kind.

So You think You Can Sing? Clean Communities Group Seeking Singers from across Ocean County for Summer Long Contest

County Projects Repair Sandy Damaged Roads

The Ocean County Road Department recently completed the rebuilding of some Ocean County roads damaged by Hurricane Sandy. “Prior to Memorial Day weekend work crews from the county road department finished rebuilding a portion of Ocean Terrace in Seaside Heights and Long Beach Boulevard leading into Holgate in Long Beach Township,” said Freeholder Lacey, also liaison to the Ocean County Road Department. “It was imperative for public safety and to accommodate our citizens and the increase in visitors to the county over the Memorial Day weekend that these projects got done.” The Ocean County Road Department completed work on 3/4ths of a mile of Ocean Terrace from the border of Seaside Park to Hiering Avenue in Seaside Heights on May 20th. As part of the work, the Ocean County road crew rebuilt four intersections that had been washed out by the October storm, in addition to milling and paving the roadway. The freeholder noted that work on repairing the bridge that leads from Bay Boulevard in Lavallette to the West Point Island section of the borough was near completion. As part of the repairs, the county installed new sheathing and capped the area under the span with concrete in order to reinforce the structure from future washouts. The repairs also included replacing the rip rap on both sides of the bridge. “The work at the bridge is expected to be completed soon,” Freeholder Lacey added. “The span has been open to traffic while most of the repair work has taken place below it.”

File Photo: Singer Jordan Torres and guitarist Johnny Peacock, both of Jackson rocked the stage at the 2013 St. Aloysius & St. Monica’s Carnival in Jackson Township. The two are both students at Music University in Freehold. by Christine Quigley JACKSON—Jackson Day is one of the township’s largest annual events and this year, township employee Patricia Wood has something special planned for the thousands of guests who are expected to attend the event. Wood says this year; the main show in the day long festival will be the culmination of a summer long singing competition where cash prizes and awards will be given to the winners.

It is the “So You Think You Can Sing Challenge.” There will be four competitive age brackets, ages 10-15, 16-25, 26-40 and 41 plus. The competition kicks off with auditions held throughout the month of July. Semifinals will be held in August and the finals will take place on the main stage at Jackson Day on September 1st. This isn’t any ordinary karaoke competition, contestants will have to woo the judges and Mrs. Wood says she has some surprises up her sleeves in the

form of celebrity judges for the main event. To participate, pre-registration is required prior to the July 13th auditions. The singing competition allows for karaoke style performances or a cappella. The contest is open to all residents of Ocean County and Wood hopes it becomes a premier countywide music event for years to come. For more information, email or print fill out the pre-registration form in this issue of the Ocean Signal

Doggy Yappy Hour at Ocean County Park

A Doggy Yappy Hour will be held on Friday, June 14th at the Ocean County Park in Lakewood. The Ocean County Parks and Recreation Department is conducting an evening out to enjoy the company of county residents’ pet canines. Frisbee, obedience, agility demonstrations, and doggy games will be held. All dogs must be vaccinated and on a leash. The demonstrations will be conducted by area businesses. Music will be provided by WOBM radio. The event will run rain or shine and will be held from 6 to 8. There is no charge for this event. More than 30 vendors will be available for information, displays, shopping, and food. For additional information call toll free 1-877-OCPARKS.


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Toms River Toms River Artist Gregg Hinlicky Turns Storm Debris into Works of Art

Township Announces Access Schedule for Ortley’s Beaches

Warns Beachgoers to Wear Water Shoes by Christine Quigley TOMS RIVER—Sections of Ortley Beach were opened to the public during Memorial Day weekend between 2nd and 5th avenues. The beaches will be open weekends only through June 22nd and township officials hoped for full openings af-

ter the 22nd. There will be no beach fees until the 22nd at Ortley Beach. Afterwards, normal fees of $7 weekdays and $8 weekends and holidays will apply. Seasonal badges are $35. Township officials also warned beachgoers of potential hazards under the waves. According to an

official release from the municipality offices: “Divers from both The Toms River Police Dept. Scuba team and Township lifeguards recently combed the bathing area for debris. No large items were found and all smaller debris was cleared. However, water shoes are recommended at this time.”

Ten Week Closure Expected for Route 571 Improvement Project

by Phil Stilton TOMS RIVER—Gregg Hinlicky, an artist living and working here, turned tragedy into art in the wake of last October’s deadly hurricane. “After Hurricane Sandy did her dirty work, my family and I were doing whatever we could to give back to those less fortunate,” he said. “I started creating works of art made from collected beach debris. Partial proceeds of sales of these collages go to Sandy relief.” The artist noted that was one of the fortunate ones, only losing power for one hour, and so used that advantage to go into the shore community with his family to volunteer, make food for area hospital patients, aid with clothing drives and even invite affected families into his home. “While thinking of other methods of giving back, I took a trip with my sister out to her beach house in Ocean Beach,” he stated. “When I was in my teens, I used to paint pictures on driftwood and sell them at area gift shops from Lavallette to Point Pleasant, so the idea came quick. After deciding to take a collage approach with proceeds going to relief, my initial collection of four Hefty bags full was gathered in my sister’s driveway. After that I went to whatever beach I could get onto.” Mr. Hinlicky said he took walks along the beaches of Seaside Heights, Seaside Park, Lavallette, Ocean Beach, Point Pleasant, and Manasquan up to Belmar. Some debris came from Toms River bay areas. In May, he noted, an 8th grade class from Boulder, Colorado stopped by his studio. “The class was here with two teachers on a mission to study the after effects of Sandy,” he said. “One of the teachers, while researching the trip, ran across the website and set up the get together.” Thinking back on a life he said has been spent almost entirely creating art, he recalled when, at age of two, he picked up a crayon, put it down and then opted instead for pencils, pens, paintbrushes or whatever each successive project called for. As an illustrator, his work has appeared on book covers, magazines, children’s books, billboards, advertisements, CD and record covers, posters, packaging and television advertisements. Mr. Hinlicky drew the attention of the media and critics when he collaborated with


other artists on a project that adorned a ten story building on 42nd Street and 8th Avenue, opposite the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan. The project was of Joe Camel and an advertisement for Camel Cigarettes. It was a noteworthy symbol during the anti-smoking wars that eventually saw the demise of R.J. Reynold’s caricature of Joe Camel in 1997. His paintings hang in galleries and private collections and he now creates what he refers to as “The Brewer’s Art,” a series depicting the work environments of beer makers. Simultaneously, the

artist noted, he and his family are trying to put his 20 years experience as an advertiser, designer, and artist in the brewing industry to work in hopes of opening a new production brewery. He says they’re currently looking into locations in either Brick or Lakewood. From June 7th to 30th, his Sandy Debris collection will be on display at Idiosyncrazies in Point Pleasant. The art gallery “and so much more” can be found on Facebook by searching its name, and images of Mr. Hinlicky’s collection can be seen by visiting www.

TOMS RIVER—Route 571 between Route 70 in Manchester and Whitesville Road in Toms River will remain closed to westbound traffic for approximately ten weeks according to Ocean County Engineer Frank Scarantino. The closure will create a 4.5 mile detour that will

take motorists north on Whitesville Road to Route 70, where they can reconnect to Route 571, adding approximately two miles to the route. The project began May 29th as crews worked to complete bridge repairs that will reinforce the bridge over the Toms Riv-

er. In 2011, flooding from Hurricane Irene damaged several bridges in Jackson Township crossing the river. The floodwaters also undermined the road surface at the bridge on Route 571. Eastbound traffic will be allowed to traverse the bridge during the length of the project.

Toms River Boy Scout Troop 20 at the Toms River Memorial Day Parade. Photo submitted by Holly Chenel.

Toms River Cub Scout Pack 57 at the Toms River Memorial Day Parade. Photo submitted by Karen Baxter.

Brownie Troop 520 of Toms River raised $100 which they donated to Oceans of Love to help children diagnosed with cancer. The troop said the Girl Scout Promise in front of the township council before presenting their check to Oceans of Love. “That’s wonderful that you did something to help other people, especially young children in town who suffer and are helped so much by Oceans of Love,” Mayor Tom Kelaher told the young scouts. The troop began January 27th and it was their first donation to the community. For advertising, call 732-833-2365

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Seven New Police Officers Sworn in at Toms River Council Meeting TOMS RIVER-In an effort to replace a police force that could lose fourteen more officers to retirement in 2013, Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy joined the township council and Mayor Tom Kelaher to welcome seven new officers to the department. The ceremony took place at the township council meeting in town hall on Tuesday, May 28th. Fifteen year police veteran Patrick Jacques was also promoted to the rank of detective at the ceremony. Jacque joined the police department in 2001 after previously serving in Dunellen. He has worked in the department’s Emergency Services Unit since 2003. Chief Mastronardy also announced the retirement of Auxiliary Police Captain Joseph Marone, Jr. Mr. Marone, joined the auxiliary police department in 1977 after previously serving in Belleville. The seven new officers to join the department were Brent A. Mundy, Adam C. Worth, David M. Lazaro, Nicholas R. Franco, Brian B. O’Leary, Walter J. Herman and Samantha J. Sutter. Of the officers, several are graduates of area schools. Officer Worth graduated in 2004 from Monsignor Donovan High School, Officer Lazaro graduated from Manchester High School Officer O’Leary graduated from Toms River High School East and Officer Herman is a Toms River High School North Graduate. Officer Sutter graduated from Southern Regional High School. Seven additional officers are currently undergoing training and are expected to become officers in September. Prior to joining the department, Officer Sutter obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Science/ Baking and Pastry arts. In 2004, she opened and operated a cafe in Manahawin where she specializes in deserts. Her husband Brian is a police officer in Harvey Cedars. Officer Mundy graduated from Monmouth University and worked wth the United States Department of the interior for a year and a half before coming to work for Toms River. He worked as a parks police officer in Washington, D.C. and in the New York and New Jersey area. Prior to being accepted to the Toms River Police Department, Officer Worth worked as a special law enforcement officer in Seaside Heights and as a correctional officer at Federal Correctional Institution, Fort Dix. Officer Herman worked for the New Jersey Department of Corrections as a corrections officer at Trenton State Prison. Herman’s father, Walter was also a police officer in Toms River until his retirement in 2011. After graduating with magna cum laude honors from West Virginia University, Officer O’Leary worked in the auto insurance industry. He played for the WVU ice hockey team and earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Investigation Services.

Convicted Cop Killer Admits to Second Murder

Crockham Guilty Plea Could Add Second Life Sentence for Murderer TOMS RIVER-Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced that Jahmell W. Crockam, 21, pled guilty this morning to 1 count of murder for the October 15, 2010 murder of Justin Williams, 20, in Lakewood. The plea was entered this morning before Judge Francis R. Hodgson, Jr. as jury selection was about to begin for the October 2010 case in which Justin Williams was shot 5 times in the head and once in the chest with a .22 caliber handgun. The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant Prosecutors Michael Weatherstone and Hillary Bryce. Agencies participating in the investigation and prosecution include the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Lakewood Township Police Department, and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminalistics Investigation Unit. Lead detectives on the Williams homicide were Thomas Tiernan of Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Oscar Valmon of Lakewood P.D., and Eric Skieczius of Ocean

County Sheriff’s Department CIU. Jahmell W. Crockam is no stranger to the Ocean County Court system. Crockam was found guilty by a jury on February 16, 2012, of the January 14, 2011, murder of Lakewood Police Officer Christopher Matlosz in a case prosecuted by Acting First Assistant Prosecutor William Heisler and Senior Assistant Prosecutor Mike Weatherstone. The trial judge in that case was Judge Wendel E. Daniels. In that trial Crockam was found guilty of killing a police officer in the performance of his duties and subsequently sentenced by Judge Daniels to serve a mandatory term of life imprisonment without parole. Sentencing for today’s guilty plea is scheduled for August 9, 2013 before Judge Hodgson. When Mr. Crockam is sentenced for the Williams murder, Judge Hodgson will impose a mandatory term of life imprisonment without parole due to Crockam’s previous murder conviction.

Prosecutor’s Office Indicts Jackson Woman for Fraud

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TOMS RIVER-Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced the return of an indictment by the Ocean County Grand Jury against Linda Rocca, 58, of Jackson for Second Degree Theft by Deception. The indictment presents that Ms. Rocca, between November 2006 and February 2012 inclusive in the Township of Jackson, Ocean County, purposely obtained the property of The First National Bank of Arizona (LNV Corporation, assignee) and or Charles Rocca, having a value in excess of $75,000.00, by deception. The indictment alleges that Linda Rocca utilized an imposter of her husband, Charles Rocca, to attend the mortgage closing in order to sign mortgage and related documents re-

lating to the home owned by Linda and Charles Rocca without the knowledge or consent of the aforesaid Charles Rocca, contrary to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 2C: 20-4. The Rocca case was referred to the Office of the Ocean County Prosecutor by the victim’s attorney, Steve Zabarsky. Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Martin Anton is prosecuting the case. Linda Rocca is currently released on $75,000 no 10% bail set by Judge Francis R. Hodgson, Jr. The media and the public are reminded that criminal charges are merely accusations and that these defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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Barrier Island Photographer’s Lens Captures an Alternate Reality of Memorial Day Weekend

Army Corps of Engineers One Step Closer to Dune Replenishment Project

While crowds amassed on the Seaside Heights boardwalk, many homes still remained destroyed six months after Hurricane Sandy.

Army Corps of Engineers’ beach replenishment project in Ocean City, Cape May County where an offshore dredge is used to pump sand from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean and deposit it via pipeline to beaches severely eroded during Hurricane Sandy. Staff Report Includes release information from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Office of Congressman Jon Runyan. SEASIDE HEIGHTS - While NBC and Governor Chris Christie officially opened their version of the Jersey Shore, the public beaches and boardwalks, those who live in the most affected areas in Ocean County had little to celebrate. Just north of Seaside Heights, the coastal communities of Toms River and Mantoloking still resemble war zones, many in the same condition they were left back in October when Sandy pushed the Atlantic Ocean across the island. “For Probably 80 percent of the Jersey Shore, you won’t notice any difference at all from last summer,” Governor Chris Christie said on his

appearance on NBC’s Today Show. You didn’t have to go far from the fanfare to see the other 20%. Although a newly constructed boardwalk leads visitors northward , many of the stands and shops on the northern end of the Seaside Heights boardwalk remained closed in the days leading into Memorial Day weekend. Many appeared untouched since the storm. Nearby, while crowds gathered on the popular shore boards, locally renowned photographer Ken Salerno was documenting the other 20 percent of the Jersey Shore here in Ocean County.

OCEAN COUNTY-In April, the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) updated their project report for building a dune system along the 14 mile stretch of the barrier island in Ocean County from Point Pleasant Beach south to Island Beach State Park. The initial report, completed in 2003, was approved in 2007, long before Hurricane Sandy, but Sandy’s arrival and destruction put the project back in the spotlight. The study investigated flood and coastal storm damage affects with a view toward reducing impacts from coastal erosion and storms. The recommended plan calls for construction of a beach fill with a berm

and dune along the study area oceanfront utilizing sand from an offshore borrow source and periodic nourishment for a period of 50 years. Initial fill requirements would be about 10 million cubic yards, with periodic nourishment at four-year intervals with about one million cubic yards placed. Prior to Hurricane Sandy, the project remained unfunded nearly ten years after the initial report was conducted. The beach replenishment project is estimated to carry a price tag of roughly $85,000,000, but is still awaiting implementation guidance and any necessary investigation to determine if the project will be eligible and funded, the ACEOC said in the report. Local coastal communities have been struggling with an important required component of this project,

Governor Christie Kicks Off Summer with Ribbon Cutting

SEASIDE HEIGHTS— “It’s an 8 in some places and 4 in others,” is how Governor Chris Christie rated the state of the Jersey Shore on May 24th in an interview with Matt Lauer, the host of NBC’s Today Show. The theme of the day was

“The Jersey Shore is Now Open for Business” as the governor and others held a 5.51 mile long blue ribbon stretching from Island Beach State Park to Seaside Heights. Using a giant pair of scissors, he cut the ribbon and symbolically opening the Jersey Shore.

securing property easements which would provide the Army Corps of Engineers with legal access rights to build the dune system on privately owned properties along the oceanfront. In Toms River, Mayor Thomas Kelaher said the town would continue to publicly name those individuals and entities refusing to sign the easements. “The refusal to sign is a total disservice to the people who live on the barrier island,” Mayor Kelaher said last month. “The failure to build dunes is a threat to other residents who want to rehabilitate their homes. I’ve already spoken to the Governor and we’re determined to take all necessary steps to enable the USACE to proceed with their project.” “The next steps toward initial construction once adequate funding is received is to initiate and complete the Limited Re-

evaluation Report; develop, approve and execute the Project Partnership Agreement; acquire the necessary real estate; complete plans and specifications; and advertise and award the construction contract,” the Army Corps of Engineers stated in the report. “Between October 27 & 30, 2012, Sandy significantly damaged the New Jersey coast from Sandy Hook to Cape May and up the Delaware Bay,” the report continued. “This project was hit especially hard with a breach in Mantoloking and significant damage to Seaside Heights, Mantoloking, Ortley Beach, Lavallette and Seaside Park. Significant damage also occurred to piers, boardwalks, and amusements, residential and commercial properties. The current initial construction costs need to be reviewed based on the storm.” Congressman Jon Runyan applauded the Army Corps of Engineers for their plan to include the Manasquan Inlet to Barnegat Inlet Shore Protection project in its newly released report to Congress. “I am pleased that the Army Corps of Engineers understood how badly towns like Seaside Heights, Mantoloking, Lavallette, and Normandy Beach need this project constructed to prevent damage from potential future storms,” stated Runyan.

Coca-Cola Issues Centennial Commemorative Bottle for Seaside Heights

Mayor Bill Akers examines a Seaside Heights Centennial Coca-Cola bottle. Photo by Tim Larsen, Governor’s Office. SEASIDE HEIGHTS-Earlier this year, Mayor William Akers met with executives from Coca-Cola to unveil a special 100 year centennial commemorative bottle. Mike Sullivan, Coca-Cola’s Vice President of Sales for New Jersey said the company will donate $4 for every case of commemorative bottles sold. According to the Seaside Heights Business Improvement District, the bottles should start showing up on store shelves soon.

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Seaside Heights Group Caring for Feral Cat Colonies Post-Sandy

by Christine Quigley SEASIDE HEIGHTSSince Hurricane Sandy, the Seaside Heights Animal Welfare Group (SHAWG) has been helping with the care, feeding and TNR(Trap, Neuter, Release) of the feral cat colonies that live on or around the boardwalk here. “We are a group of mainly local Volunteers that care deeply about the welfare of the cats and all animals and our community,” said SHAWG volunteer Anne Healy in a recent statement. “It was a devastating blow when Hurricane Sandy ripped through our town, destroying homes, businesses, livelihoods and our boardwalk. We’ve all been working hard to rebuild the boardwalk, businesses, our homes and our lives and we at SSHAWG are working hard to restart our program of TNR.” The SSHAWG is a non-profit organization 501C (3) that improves the lives of outdoor cats with a Trap-Neuter-Re-


lease program; an effective and humane approach to feral cats. SSHAWG works cooperatively with East Coast Spay and Neuter Clinic to vaccinate, neuter, and ear-tip each cat before returning them to their colony. They also have adoption available for our kittens and less feral cats. “One of our goals is to educate the community on how to protect and improve the lives of these cats,” Drake said. “We value the dignity and worth of each cat and acknowledge their history and place in the natural landscape. We

respect people and their compassion for cats and we consider learning an integral part to guide our work and protect and improve the lives of cats.” The program is staffed by volunteers and is funded by donations of any kind, cat food, cat litter, paper towels, laundry detergent, etc. “Our program would not be successful without the generosity of others, and the countless hours and tireless efforts of our volunteers,” Healy added. If you would like to help SSHAWG by making a tax deductible donation, checks can be made payable to Seaside Heights Animal Welfare Group, c/o Ruth Drake, 901 Boulevard, Seaside Heights, NJ, 08751. Or if you wish to drop off a donation, you can do so at the Municipal Building or by contacting Ruth at 732-793-9100. You can also contact Lisa Franciosi at  732-793-3596  or  Anne Healy at  732-7936979.

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Insurance Dispute May Place Joey Harrison’s Surf Club Future in Jeopardy

ORTLEY BEACH—After an ongoing dispute between Joey Barcellona and his insurance carrier, Executive Risk Specialty Insurance Company (ERSIC) went south; the owner of Joey Harrison’s Surf Club, here filed a lawsuit against the insurance company in Ocean County Superior Court. The “Surf Club” as it is

known to locals was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy as pounding surf and heavy winds collapsed the entire rear of the structure. Chip Merlin, a Florida based attorney representing the Surf Club said the dispute is over the amount of damage done by Sandy’s high winds versus damage done by the surging Atlantic Ocean. On June 1st, several dozen

Chris Aldrich, a public adjuster for Andrew K. Knox and Company speaks to the crowd assembled at the rally held on June 1st at Joey Harrison’s Surf Club in Ortley Beach.


supporters attended a public protest to create awareness for Mr. Barcelona’s plight was held in front of the crumbling structure. The Surf Club contends ERSIC, a division of the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies is disputing damage claims filed by Barcelona.

“Joey Harrison’s Surf Club may be lost forever because our insurance carrier, headquartered in New Jersey, is disputing damage and coverage following Hurricane Sandy,” read a message posted on the club’s facebook page on May 30th.

Chris Aldrich, Chip Merlin, Leslie Knox and Dolores Barcellona, wife of owner Joey Barcellona.

Local Toastmasters Club Is Renamed For Jersey Shore The Jersey Shore Toastmasters Club, formerly Lakewood Piners Toastmasters Club, is publically announcing its new name. The club, chartered in 1985 as part of Toastmasters International, a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network, believes that the “Jersey Shore” name more accurately represents the broad geographic reach of the club as well as its current members. “We were once a more localized club, but over the years our membership has expanded beyond the local borders to

encompass much of the surrounding area”, said Bill DeMasi, Jersey Shore Toastmasters club president. “The name change establishes a truer identity for us and we expect it will also appeal to potential members in the broader shore area.” The club, which will continue to hold its regular meetings in Lakewood, will commemorate its name change with an open house. Details will be announced publicly at a later date and will also appear on the club’s website. For information about Jersey Shore Toastmasters, visit

Jackson Resident Named VP at Provident Bank

JACKSON-Stacey Kavanagh of Jackson has joined Provident Bank as vice president and area manager. Mrs. Kavanagh brings with her more than 16 years of banking experience. Most recently, she held the position of vice president of business banking at Bank of America. Earlier in her career, she was assistant vice president and store manager at TD Bank.

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Ocean Gate Officers Sabatino and LaRocca Receive Agency Citations for Sandy Work by Erik Weber OCEAN GATE – With rising floodwaters and stranded residents as Hurricane Sandy barreled into the shore last October 29th and 30th, members of the Ocean Gate Police Department sprang into action to help those in need here in a manner “above and beyond their duty assignments,” said Chief Reece J. Fisher at last week’s council meeting. Singling out officers Adam Sabatino and Vincent LaRocca, the chief recalled those early days of darkness in Ocean Gate in a letter and presentation of agency citation bars honoring and thanking the pair for their work as the initial team assigned to the hurricane response efforts. “During the events of Hurricane Sandy, many resources and emergency personnel were required to ensure the safety of those residents that decided to remain with their homes and the safety of the property of those that evacuated,” he wrote. “As a result, all police officers were placed on 12-hour shifts through the storm period, and our Emergency Operations Center was activated in advance of the storm by [Office of] Emergency Management volunteers.” “As the storm approached the Jersey Shore and the effects began in Ocean Gate, a fire at the Ocean Gate Deli broke out and consumed most of the police resources on duty for the initial stages of the storm,” Chief Fisher continued. “As a result, more officers were called in to assist with storm operations with emergency management personnel.” “As the storm progressed and water from the Toms River approached major flood stages, officers were assigned to a high water transport vehicle to travel

out to assist in the evacuation of residents who called for assistance,” he added. “Several residents along the way were found walking through four to five feed of flood water with personal belongings in hand and some carrying their pets. All that were encountered were assisted by the officers assigned to the task and loaded into the high water transport vehicle.” A M-35 surplus military transport was secured by the chief from Seaside Heights a year earlier in the event of flooding in the borough. It did not cost anything beyond the agreement to maintain its operation unless such time arose that the borough did not wish to retain it any longer. “Approximately 35 people were received and transported to safety on that evening by this initial rescue team, with more throughout the night and into the next morning by other assigned emergency personnel rotated into this operation,” said Chief Fisher. “Officers Sabatino and LaRocca were the initial officers assigned to this task and exited the transport vehicle several times to assist residents in substantial flood waters with debris and contaminants commonly present within these waters. These officers also remained well beyond their assigned shifts without compensation to maintain an active part of this ongoing effort.” He said that because of these actions, the pair were eligible for the agency citation bars “for a highly creditable accomplishment to duty and service to the public.” In other news of the late May borough council meeting: The Ocean Gate Civic Club is hosting a gift auction at Ocean Gate School this Sat-

urday, June 8th, with doors opening at 5 pm. Cost is $12 for entry that includes one sheet of tickets plus coffee and dessert. Former councilwoman and West Arverne Avenue resident Pat Barger asked the governing body for relief from several loose manhole covers in her neighborhood that rattle as vehicles travel over them. Mayor Paul Kennedy noted that over 150 manholes that were previously covered by asphalt across town were recently uncovered and that he would request they be made tighter through the firm performing the work. East Bayview Avenue resident and Ocean Gate Historical Society President Lou Purcaro asked that the borough address the ownership of the caboose on society grounds, as the town was in the process of taking ownership of the property and two museum facilities, including the original Pennsylvania Railroad train depot, to relieve the organization from onerous annual insurance premium costs required to operate there. He noted that he was concerned that future generations may not have the interest to maintain and repair the train car, and that the borough taking ownership of it would help it to remain and be maintained within the municipality as part of the borough’s heritage. Attorney Bob Allen, present in the place of his business partner and borough attorney, James Gluck, stated that Mr. Gluck had some ideas on how to handle the caboose and that he would pass along the concern for a response at the next council meeting. Chief Financial Officer Paulette Konopka reported that following several meetings and walkthroughs with representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the government would cover 75 percent of the cost for all fixtures in the bathrooms at the two comfort stations on the riverfront at Wildwood and Angelsea avenues. Further work was needed at the Wildwood Avenue comfort station, including mold treatment, power washing, the replacement of doors, repainting, a new electrical

system and the installation of a cabinet to hold medical supplies for the lifeguards when the beaches are open. She added that FEMA would further replace the roofs of both pavilions on the riverfront at the 75 percent reimbursement rate. Other roofs being replaced in the borough included Adrian Hall, the water treatment plant, the fire company and the garage of the first aid squad. A report on beach badge and parking decal sales for the same period of time over the previous three years was also offered by Ms. Konopka, with revenue from 2011 at $20,563; revenue in 2012 at $19,793 and revenue this year at $15,090. “So we are down and if we go badge to badge, we are down 483 badges from last year alone,” she said. “We are taking a hit.” Mayor Kennedy reported on a number of items, including: the borough asked the state department of transportation to combine the two Monmouth Avenue road projects, which were expected to begin construction in July; the Ocean County Utilities Authority was going to have a public hearing on 2014 rates but they were not going to be raised from the current level; several different churches and civic organizations were arriving in town over the coming weeks to help out those affected by Hurricane Sandy to do such tasks as cleanouts, painting and power washing; residents on the eastern end of town were reporting foul odors emanating from the border area of Berkeley Township and Ocean Gate, and the county health department was looking into possible trash washed up from last October’s hurricane as the cause; the beach prism project was approved by the Department of Environmental Protection but the Army Corps of Engineers was now seeking to have the application resubmitted with the borough as the applicant, which Mayor Kennedy stated occurred after a new supervisor arrived to a role within that department; the borough and its police department were working with the joint insurance fund to try and receive departmental accreditation

in the coming years to help stave off lawsuits targeting the town; the new court administrator’s hours are Monday through Thursday from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm; fireworks were possibly going to be featured at this year’s Ocean Gate Day in August to celebrate the borough’s 95th year of incorporation, and the borough is seeking potential sponsors; and the borough was visited by 110 3rd grade students from St. Joseph’s Grade School, who were walked around town by volunteers and taught about its history and various features. Council President Brian DiStefano reported that the borough website was back online following a bad script within the website code that he suspected was installed during a site violation several months ago. Councilman Dave Kendrick reported that the police department received a $1,200 grant for the Cops in Shops program through the summer, which would install plainclothes officers in area liquor establishments to seek out adults who may be trying to purchase alcohol for minors or minors seeking to use false identification to purchase the same. Councilwoman Joella Nicastro reported that unknown area residents were illegally dumping non-recyclable materials, including tree limbs and yard clippins, in the borough bins, costing taxpayers money and creating a headache for public works and Meadowbrook,

the borough’s waste disposal contractor. The topic of the reconstruction at the Ocean Gate Deli was also brought up by the councilwoman, who stated that rumors circulating around town that the borough construction department was holding up work there was incorrect and that town officials were interested in seeing the owner complete his work as fast as he was able, as many residents also do. Mayor Kennedy added that as long as the site was secure and not a danger to the public, the owner could keep his permit open for as long as 2.5 years prior to completion. Councilman Charles Mailot reported that residents affected by last October’s hurricane could go to www. and also reach out to the Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity at and (732) 228-7962 for further aid. Councilman James McGrath stated that two lifeguards and two badge checkers were being hired for the beachfront thus far, and that interviews were ongoing. Councilman Frank Santarpia gave the construction department’s report for the previous month, stating that 131 construction permits mainly for flood damage were issued, and 42 violations were written due to grass, trash, rubbish and vehicles on properties.

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Fireworks Show Returns to Jackson Day in 2013 by Garrett Greb JACKSON - The last year Jackson Day had a fireworks display was in 2008, according Pat Wood, this year’s planner for the event. Mrs. Wood said there were many factors the prohibited the township from having displays in the past few years, including safety and cost. “Unfortunately, there are a

lot of conditional aspects to having a fireworks display in Jackson. Johnson Park is a wide open space surrounded by lots of woods,” Mrs. Wood Said. “Safety is the number one issue and we work very closely with the fire department. Weather conditions are also a factor, such as high winds. We also lose the use of part of the park because of mandated fire lines. This year

we are trying to compensate by having the vendors close down about an hour before the fireworks begin.” A contract was awarded in the amount of $5,000 to International Fireworks for a fireworks display at the last township council meeting. The 2013 Clean Communities Jackson Day Celebration will take place on September 1, 2013 (rain date September 2, 2013).

Demolition of the former site of All-Star Bagels in Jackson. Originally a service station, it was the home of D’s Italian Ice before All-Star. In it’s place a new plaza will be constructed, anchored by an Ocean First bank branch, Luigi’s Pizza and All-Star Bagels. Photo by Pat Mackin.

Meet the Mayor Session Scheduled for June 24th The Township of Jackson has announced that Mayor Michael Reina will be holding the next “Meet the Mayor” session on June 24th. The session will be open to the public for anyone who would

be interested in coming out and speaking with the Mayor. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 pm in the Main Meeting Room at the Municipal Building located at 95 West Veterans Hwy.

Model-T Fire at the Memorial Day Parade

JACKSON-For a few moments, attention at the end of the parade route at this year’s Memorial Day parade here turned toward a late1920’s era Model-T Ford that had caught fire shortly after finishing the parade

route. Jackson Police officers standing just a few dozen feet away quickly responded and units from the Cassville Fire Department left their positions in the parade route to respond. There were no injuries.

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Jackson Man Arrested after Firing Shotgun into Neighbor’s Home in Robbins Estates Incident occurred one block from where Lucy N. Holman students were engaged in outdoor field day activities.

Police Officer Gregory Schmidt provides security for officers in Jackson as they descend upon a home suspected to be the source of the shooting. JACKSON – Jackson Police ating other residents from the responded to call of multiple immediate area as a search for shots fired at a home on Lau- the shooting suspect and any relton Avenue on Thursday, possible victims was conducted. May 30th. After conducting an initial The incident happened at approximately 1:30 pm, just one search and investigation, poblock from the Lucy N Hol- lice determined the shots were man Elementary School while fired from a home on nearby Witfourth grade students were Georgian Boulevard. outside, engaged in their an- nesses say a man was shooting nual field day activities. School the shot gun from a window at the rear of officials his home. brought the A house on Laurelton Avenue Three of children and parents into was discovered to have been Jackson’s the school struck with at least four rounds s c h o o l s and a lock from a 12 gauge shotgun. There were subdown was were two residents inside the sequently house at the time of the incident placed on initiated. In total, ap- and both were unharmed and lock down, Lucy N. proximately evacuated from the area.  Holman eight shots Elemenwere fired from what police later discov- tary, Jackson Liberty High ered were from a 12 gauge School and McAuliffe Middle School. shotgun. Not knowing where the shots Witnesses said three shots were heard in succession fol- had originated from, arriving lowed by three more. Approx- officers blocked off roads in imately one minute later, two the area of Laurelton Avenue, Georgian Boulevard, South more shots rang out. Officers then began evacu- Cooksbridge Road, and Man-

Captain Rich Wagner and Captain Andrew Cheney observe as Jackson police officers descend upon a home on Laurelton Avenue.

hattan Street. A house on Laurelton Avenue was discovered to have been struck with at least four rounds from a firearm in the front of the structure and on the roof.  There were two male residents, inside the house at the time of the incident and both were unharmed and evacuated from the area.  As a precaution, officers were detailed to the Holman School on Manhattan Street. Jackson School District Communications Officer Allison Erwin confirmed that the incident did not involve the school and students were never in any immediate danger; Students and all students were safe and accounted for, but the lock down was a safety measure due to the proximity of the incident to the schools affected. Police blocked off a portion of Manhattan Street between Bennett’s Mills Road and South Cooksbridge Road during their investigation. During the search of the area, officers encountered an individual at a residence on Georgian Boulevard who was believed to have been involved in the incident.  This individual was detained as the investigation continued and was later charged in the incident. At approximately 3:30 pm., Jackson Police announced they had detained a suspect in the shooting. The school lockdown was lifted at 3:45 pm. Later that night, Jackson Police announced the arrest of Anthony Blaszka, 56, of Georgian Boulevard, and he was charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, certain persons not to possess a weapon and criminal mischief.  Bail on the charges was set at $150,000.00 with no 10% bail option.  Under section 2C:39-7 of New Jersey’s code of criminal justice a person convicted of a crime may not legally possess a firearm. The investigation revealed that Mr. Blaszka fired multiple rounds of 12 gauge slug ammunition out of a bedroom window from a 12 gauge shotgun.  During the investigation, two 12 gauge shotguns and spent shotguns shells were recovered along with ammunition consistent with the kind recovered from the residence on Laurelton Avenue. The Laurelton Avenue homeowner told the Ocean Signal her two sons were in the home at the time of the shooting, but were not injured. She described damages to her home totaling nearly $10,000 and said she intends to circulate a petition to ask Ocean County Prosecutor Al Della Fave to prosecute Mr. Blaska to the fullest extent of the law. “He should not have had the guns to begin with,” she said. “Police told me he was trying to shoot at a squirrel, but he endangered the lives of both of my sons and everyone else. I want to make sure he can’t do this again.” Della Fave said his office will review the case after Jackson Police conclude their investigation and always prosecute cases to the fullest extent of the law.

Girl Scout Troop 93 of Jackson at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery placing flags on Friday, May 24th.


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Former Jackson Township Police Officer Killed In Texas Crash

by Phil Stilton FRISCO, TEXAS - John Libby, a former Jackson Township and Pine Beach Borough police officer died while off-duty here after his motorcycle crashed into an SUV on Memorial Day. The 38-year-old New Jersey native was driving northbound on Custer Road at approximately 11:40 am when he col-

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lided with a Jeep Grand Cherokee that was making the turn onto Custer Road, according to the Frisco Police Department. He was pronounced dead after being taken to Baylor Medical Center. “The McKinney Police Department is saddened to report the death of Officer John Libby.” said Sgt. Chad Barker, a spokesperson for the McKinney Police Department where Mr. Libby worked since moving to Texas from New Jersey in late 2007. “He has honorably served the citizens of McKinney for nearly six faithful years. John’s commitment to his family, community, and fellow officers will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Libby family during this difficult time.” Ptl. Libby was hired by the Jackson Police Department in 2001 and graduated from the

77th class of the Ocean County Police Academy in February of 2002 as one of twelve new police officers hired by the township that year. Jackson Police Officer Fred Meabe, who attended the police academy with Libby said, «John Libby was, is a good man, great father, and was a respected officer. John was always a fun guy to be around.” “I have so many memories and stories of John that I will always remember,” he added. “I remember when he told me that he was moving to Texas to take a police job and, selfishly, I didn’t want him to go.” Ptl. Libby also worked for the Pine Beach Police Department from January 2005 to November 2007. There are no drugs or alcohol suspected. No charges have been filed in this case at this time. The collision is still under investigation, and

the off-duty patrolman was wearing his helmet at the time of the incident. “He always cared for others, but no more than he did his wife Jen and their kids. John treasured family, and most importantly his. He went to the ends to make sure that they were always secure and taken care of, regardless of what he had to do,” Officer Meabe said. “He wanted nothing more than to become a police officer, and he was so proud of the fact that he made it. He is going to be a huge loss to the town of McKinney, to his friends in both New Jersey and Texas, and more importantly, to his family. My prayers go out to them forever and always.” Texan news outlets reported that donations can be made to the Libby family in John’s name at any branch of the Wells Fargo banking system.

house legal counseling is being challenged by the township. At issue are three clerical errors in the petition’s language. The township is seeking a review of the petition by a Superior Court judge. Mayor Michael Reina said the most glaring error in the petition is that it references section 3-87 of the municipal code, which references planning board support staff. The petition also contains questionable references to full disclosure of legal items, which the township contends may put it in a liable scenario on confidential legal matters. A third issue raised by the township lies with a provision calling for township legal services to be used by the Jackson School Board. The two distinctly separate government entities have no existing agreements for the sharing of legal services. If put on the ballot, the petition could bring unforeseen legal problems to the township, possibly increasing costs, instead of its proposed intention to lower legal costs. As stated by law, once the petition is signed by residents and certified by the clerk, its wording cannot be change, to protect the integrity of the petition. The petition was circulated and filed by members of the Jackson Taxpayers Association and filed by Raymond Cattonar, Nicolas Antonoff, Cathy Giancola, Richard Davidson and Roger Downing.

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ment.” After a short discussion on how to proceed on the motion, Councilman Scott Martin made a motion that the council should acknowledge the review and all fire districts should run their organizations as they sit fit as long as those actions are approved by voters. The council unanimously approved Mr. Martin’s motion, leaving the fire district with no firm resolution. “I have no idea why the legislature thought it was a good idea to have us review another taxing entity,” Nixon added.

The Jackson Township Council adopted the $39,068,719.14 annual budget on May 28th. The council unanimously voted to approve the budget. Before voting, Councilman Calogero told the audience that despite the fees incurred by the township from Hurricane Sandy, the budget still fell within the state mandated 2 percent tax cap. The budget, unlike those in years past, was presented without the need to cut police or municipal services. “This budget is fiscally responsible and in the best interest of the residents,” Calogero said. “I don’t think there’s anything that can be called a perfect municipal budget, but this budget ensures that seniors, children and disabled have access to programs and resources that they need and want,” Councilman Rob Nixon said. “It preserves public safety with an eye on the future of the police department and ensures that township operations function every day with no furloughs or cuts in services.” Nixon pointed out that the municipal taxes accounts for just 21% of the total taxes paid by residents. 79% of Jackson Township taxes go to schools, county and other services. He also referenced the costs associated with Hurricane Sandy. “Following the storm, we were all in the dark. We were surrounded by debris and downed trees and we were expecting the township to get it cleaned up and get it done quickly, and the township did,” Nixon added.

The council was to vote on extending their relationship with MONOC for emergency ambulance services for three additional one year periods. The resolution was removed for further discussion and will be reintroduced at the June 11th meeting.

Council Approves Municipal Budget Amendment

Council Asks for 100 Percent Cost Recovery from Hurricane

In the public session portion prior to the adoption of resolution 235R-13 amending the 2013 municipal budget, 2012 council candidate Ray Cattonar asked for an explanation and clarification of the amendment. Business Administrator Jose Torres explained the details of the resolution for Mr. Cattonar. Torres explained that the $300,000 allocated was a reimbursement of expenses from COAH which forced the township to tap into the surplus funds. Mr. Cattonar thanked Torres for the explanation.

Mayor Says Petition Contains Flaws

A petition circulated and filed in 2012 requesting to place a ballot question for in-

MONOC Contract Award Postponed

The Jackson Township Council voted unanimously to support a resolution requesting the federal government to reimburse the township for 100 percent of the cost of recovery and demolition services associated with Hurricane Sandy.

New Firearms Contract Approved

A resolution to allocate $11,952 to Witmer Public Safety Group and Atlantic Tactical, Inc. for the purchase of new firearms and related accessories for the Jackson Township Police Department was approved. The contract also allows for a firearms trade-in service and reduce the overall cost of weapons maintenance and upgrades by

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The Department of Recreation and Senior Services will purchase sports shirts and apparel from Campus Coordinates and Dot Designing for Fiscal Year 2013.

Council Address Fire Commissioner Raises

Council President Ann Updegrave discussed a resolution seeking the council to review a resolution passed by Jackson Fire District 3 and to advise upon the fire districts’ request. She added that this year, the voters in each fire district approved their respective budgets. Fire District 3 is seeking to increase the yearly compensation of five commissioners from $1,000 to $4,000 per year. The district’s commissioners are seeking compensation they feel is in line with surrounding districts. Township Attorney Jean Cipriani said the request was sent by the district for council approval, but warned the council of possible legal implications should they vote to either approve or disapprove the request. She suggested the council merely gives an acknowledgement of review. “I don’t feel there’s a need for this council to get involved in any way shape of form, they have their own elections,” said Scott Martin. “Their budget is voted upon and their members are voted upon.” Councilman Bressi said that at most, the council should just pass a motion stating they reviewed the resolution only and not offer any feedback. John Walter, one of the fire commissioners from District 3 explained the reason for the request. He told the council that the former district assistant chief retired and the board of fire commissioners decided not to hire or promote a replacement for the administrative work. He said the commissioners took on the workload instead, to save money. “We chose to save taxpayer money to not hire an administrator and saved the taxpayers approximately $60,000 per year,” he said of the decision. “With the increase in prices and unions, we saved them money.” He added that the commissioners are just seeking approval since they sometimes work as many as 35 to 40 hours per week for a $1,000 per year compensation. “Let the fire department run their own fire department,” Scott Martin said. “You guys do a great job.” “It’s up to their taxpayers to vote on it when it comes up again,” Nixon said. “It’s like if the school board asked us to rule on one of their decisions, it’s a separate form of govern-

Vacancy on Zoning Board

On July 1st, there will be a vacancy on the township’s zoning board of adjustment. Municipal Clerk Ann Marie Eden notified the township council. “I have served with John [Suttles] on the zoning board for four years and I can contest that he is by far one of the best people participating in the zoning board,” Councilman Calogero said of Suttles whose term will soon expire.

COPS Grant Discussed

After applying and being denied in recent years, Business Administrator Joey Torres told the township council the township should apply for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant to hire four new police officers to serve as resource officers for Jackson’s two high schools and two middle schools. If selected, the township would have to secure three years of funding to match the grant to hire the officers. In the first year, the township would be responsible for $127,000. In the second year, $147,000 and $167,000 matching funds would need to be made available up to the third year. “The odds are historically against us,” said Torres. “One of the things they look for is how we’re going to fund our match. We have to show an increase to our police force by one police officer per year for the next three years.” Council President Anne Updegrave said council liaisons to the police department would need to meet with the police department to discuss the grant since they would be responsible for nearly 50% of the federal grant. Since the school shootings in Connecticut, the topic of returning police officers to Jackson’s schools has been discussed at both town hall and within the school district, but funding for the officers has been elusive in both government entities. The matter will be discussed once again at the June 11th council meeting.


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Jackson Township Memorial Day Service Honors America’s Fallen Warriors

by Phil Stilton JACKSON - Thousands of residents lined the parade route that extended from Jackson Memorial High School to the Jackson Veterans Memorial for this township’s annual

Memorial Day parade held last Monday, May 27th. High school marching bands from Jackson Memorial High School and Jackson Liberty High School performed hymns and ballads from the armed services while most of the municipality’s

time to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice so we in this great country can enjoy the many freedoms that our veterans have fought for. I would like to acknowledge all of our veterans in attendance and those who could not attend today, and thank you for your service.” Mayor Michael Reina and Councilman Ken Bressi gave speeches to acknowledge America’s fallen soldiers, sailors and Marines. Mr. Bressi served in the United States Marine Corps from 1964 to 1967 as an infantryman, including service in the Vietnam War from 1965 to 1966. “I’d like thank everyone who took the time to attend the Memorial Day service in town,” the councilman later said. “I girl and boy scout troops know there are sales and marched behind veterans barbeques and I have no groups from American problem with that, but Legion Post 504, VFW just don’t let that diminish Post 4703, and the Jack- the meaning of the day, son Marine Corps League and that [is] for all those who gave the supreme Detachment 1369. Grand marshal of the sacrifice, their loved ones day’s parade and events and comrades who served was VFW Post 4703 Vice- alongside of them.” He added that Americans Post Commandant and American Legion Post 504 should always remember Post Commander Richard the meaning behind the day. Dinsmore. “Think about all of these Following the parade, freedoms VFW Post re4703 Chap- “I know there are sales and bar- and lain Gary beques and I have no problem a l i z e “ S m o k e y ” with that, but just don’t let that f r e e d o m Naden led diminish the meaning of the day, d o e s n ’ t the invo- and that [is] for all those who come for cation to gave the supreme sacrifice, their free,” he begin the loved ones and comrades who said. Amerm e m o r i a l served alongside of them.” Jacki c a n c e r e m o - son Councilman Ken Bressi Legion ny, which Post 504 was hosted by Detective Campbell Commander Bill Palme Brown of the Jackson Po- set aside the empty MIA/ POW chair beside the lice Department. “On behalf of the Jack- podium at the start of son Township PBA Local the service to symbolize 168, I would like to thank those who cannot be in the members of the VFW attendance, an action that Post 4703, the Ameri- takes place at every offican Federation of State, cial meeting of the AmerCounty and Municipal ican Legion. The entire township Employees, the Helping Hands Foundation, the council was in attendance Community Emergency this year, with Mr. Bressi Response Team and the joined by Barry Calogero, numerous other volun- Rob Nixon, Scott Martin teers who made today’s and Ann Updegrave. “It was the first time I event possible,” the detective said. “And of course I had the privilege to march would like to thank you, in the parade as an elected thank you for taking the official and I was amazed

at the amount of volunteers from so many local organizations working together like a synchronized watch,” said Councilman Barry Calogero. “Campbell Brown from the PBA and Vin Rubio from the VFW did a fabulous job honoring the day in a professional and courteous manner.” “It was a solemn and proud event to participate in,” said Councilman Rob Nixon. To close the ceremony, the New Jersey 782nd Air Force Junior ROTC from Jackson Memorial

High School performed a flag folding ceremony, followed by a wreath laying and Taps, performed by Malcolm Johnson and Donald Kaiser of Jackson Memorial High School. Afterwards, guests in attendance were invited to a picnic lunch hosted by VFW 4703 at their Magnolia Drive hall. “Thank you for coming and we pray for the safe return of all of our Missing in Action, Prisoners of War and our current and future service veterans,” Detective Brown said as he closed the ceremony.

St. Aloysius & St. Monica Carnival

Ladies First, a band made up of students from Music University in Freehold rock the main stage. Pictured: Naomi Alintoff, Geoffrey Alintoff and Emily Photis of Marlboro along with Kate Sallee of Howell.

Father Fernando Lopez hits his target at the dunk tank at the St. Aloysius and St. Monica Carnival.


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Beachwood For the Fallen and the Brave: Memorial Day 2013 BEACHWOOD – The annual Memorial Day festivities here, a tradition dating back to the opening of the resort that was originally part of Berkeley Township in 1915, last Monday saw throngs of residents honoring those whose national service sustain the freedoms enjoyed today. Beginning with the volunteer fire company’s service honoring past and deceased members at the station house grounds on Beachwood Boulevard and Maple Street, and followed by a bike decorating contest, the sunny yet cool morning moved along into the start of the parade, its route making a bee-line north past homes and through downtown and on to Neilson Monument Park, a horseshoe-shaped memorial park shaded by tall trees and a half ring of shrubs inside which the stone monuments and a green World War II-era cannon sit. Opening the parade was recently-promoted Police Chief Robert L. Tapp in a department sport utility vehicle, and followed by the fire chief’s own SUV, driven by Tom Miserindino, current councilman and past chief, with auxiliary member Pat Coletta in the passenger seat. Officers and other active members of the fire company, which is the hosting agency of the day’s main events, then followed on foot, including Chief Robert Risk, recently promoted to the role. Next, a color guard of officers from the Beachwood Police Department stepped down the boulevard and were succeed-

ed by a truck and trailer decorated in patriotic bunting and carrying several veterans and council members tossing candy to street-side children, plus singer Courtney Elizabeth Zahn and longtime Borough Clerk Bette Mastropasqua, the latter dressed up in a red, white and blue outfit in the style of Betsy Ross. Beachwood Municipal Alliance volunteers then trailed after on foot, including members of the Zakar family and Mayor Ron Roma and his wife, Geralynn, all of whom also showered the curbs with treats for young parade-goers. The Toms River East Marching Raiders band provided a thumping, soaring soundtrack for the festivities, carrying on the tradition of the three Toms River high schools alternating in their parade duties to Beachwood each year. Its members, first the color guard and later the band itself, showed off the powder blue and white colors of their alma mater. Borough sports leagues then followed, including the Beachwood-Pine Beach Girls Softball League, its members carrying American flags and marching in red or blue t-shirts and visors alongside coaches and parents often carting younger siblings behind in red wagons. The Beachwood-Pine Beach Little League marched behind, its members and coaches in their respective team uniforms and carrying patriotic pennants while two members riding in a golf cart at the back periodically popped out to distribute circular mag-

nets bearing the league’s logo to onlookers along the way. Winners from the earlier bike decorating contest then wheeled by on bicycles decked out in metallic red, white and blue decorations that sparkled in the sunlight. Girl Scout Troops 206 and 115 followed in a flatbed trailer, its girls dressed in the colors of the day and tossing candy to fellow children as well as their moms walked alongside. Apparatus and vehicles from the Beachwood Volunteer Fire Company rolled through next with three contemporary pumper trucks carrying regular and auxiliary members, followed by its classic 1966 GMC engine driven by past Chief “Jersey” George Symington. Members of the Beachwood First Aid Squad were next, with two members leading the way on bikes and wearing dark blue t-shirts with the squad’s insignia. Two of the squad’s three ambulances trailed behind, followed by apparatus from the Pine Beach Volunteer Fire Company, an emergency response SUV and three rigs from the South Toms River First Aid Squad, the chief’s SUV and two engines from the Manitou Park Volunteer Fire Company, and an engine from the Pinewald Pioneer Volunteer Fire Company. Classic cars from the early 20 th century through the start of the 21 st closed out the parade, with a police SUV officially ending the motorcade. At Neilson Monument Park - around which all those sports players, coaches, borough officials, volunteer emergency service members, veterans and residents now crowded – Chief Tapp acted as master of ceremonies and introduced Deacon George Swanson of St. Barnabas Roman Catholic Church in nearby Bayville to give the invocation. As the deacon asked those present to give thanks to those who had

laid down their lives in service to the nation, most bowed their heads or looked onto the face of the nearby World War II Honor Roll, which bore the names of dozens of borough servicemen who had fought the Axis powers of Germany, Japan and Italy seven decades earlier, including three who lost their lives – John P. Jerue, Richard Kavanagh and William A. Neilson - the latter the

Borough Clerk Bette Mastropasqua, shown here in a patriotic Betsy Ross outfit at the town’s annual Memorial Day ceremony. Erik Weber / Ocean Signal namesake of the park. Farther into the park grounds a rectangle stone monument also bearing Mr. Neilson’s name sits flat before the cannon, and similar monuments honoring service members from subsequent wars – Korean, Vietnam and the recent wars in the Middle East – line the walkways, with the Vietnam marker specifically honoring the memory of resident James Donald Raab, a husband and fa-

The above scene, photographed in the 1920s for a postcard published by the Albertype Company of Brooklyn, was sent on September 1st, 1927 by a vacationer enjoying the borough’s beach and boating amenities of the era. We publish this here to mark the start of our own summer season. The regular 1933 column will return in the next issue.


ther who lost his life in that conflict in 1968 at the age of 25. Following the invocation, Ms. Zahn took the microphone and sang a heartfelt version of the national anthem as the crowd saluted the American flag flying high on a white flagpole above the park. Chief Tapp then invited veterans to honor their deceased fellow service members of past wars by

placing lush wreaths of green leaves, red roses, and blue and white flowers with ribbons at the markers inside the shaded park’s perimeter. Representing veterans from World War II were Dominick LaFranca, Russell Gennaro and Vito J. Mastopasqua. Mr. Mastropasqua also then placed the wreath honoring the war dead of the Korean War, in which he also fought. Fire company members and veterans John Langan and Tom Miserindino next placed the wreath honoring James Donald Raab and all deceased service members of the Vietnam War. Police Sgt. Derek Mussari and Mike Staples, vice-president of the fire company, next placed wreaths for the recent Middle East wars of Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Desert Storm. As the wreaths were placed, kids bustled about anxiously in the sun while parents explained the importance of the ceremony’s events. Ms. Mastropasqua, in her last official appearance as the parade’s Betsy Ross - she is retiring at the end of this summer following over 30 years as borough clerk - took it all in from the side and recalled how the day’s events grew from a simpler fire company service to the larger community- and family-inclusive event of today. “Our Memorial Day celebration has been held for many years – there was a brief time in the early 1980s when the

services were done only by the fire company,” she later recalled, stating that when the late Mayor William T. “Bill” Hornidge was re-elected in the middle of that decade, he said he wanted to march in the parade, and Ms. Mastropasqua had her granddaughter, Alese, tag along with her and the borough officials. “We helped her decorate her bike in patriotic colors and streamers, and I guess we gave birth to the bicycle entries.” “Alese was joined in the next year by her brother, Anthony, and [ t h e n - C o u n c i l wo m a n ] Pat Moran’s nieces, Ally and Katy,” she continued. “All the girls wore patriotic colors; Anthony was dressed as a Green Beret. He marched side-by-side with Mayor Hornidge – I can still see the little American flag Bill wore in his ‘pink’ jacket – and when he placed the wreath at the monument by borough hall [then located near the Beachwood Circle on Atlantic City and Beachwood boulevards, where the Welsh Farms convenience store stands today], they stood side-by-side and saluted together. Mayor Bill shook Anthony’s hand as they stepped back into formation, treating him like a grown-up. He was three at the time.” “I’ve always believed that Beachwood was part of my family, but on that day, Memorial Day 1986, I felt that we became one big family,” the longtime clerk added. “I’ve seen the parade participants and observers multiply ten-fold, and become the celebration we count on to pull our family together and remember our family members lost in the protection of our freedom.” After the wreaths were placed, children and parents alike were snapped into attention by American Legion Post 129 members firing off a gun salute on the north side of the park, which was followed by the playing of Taps, its somber tone filling the spaces in the crowd along the streets, between the tall trees and in front of the nearby historic bungalows as the bright sun glittered off the waters of the nearby Toms River. Mayor Roma next addressed those present, thanking the organizations – including the fire company and town recreation commission - for making the parade, ceremony and picnic in Mayo Park – now known as Riverfest - that followed all possible. “Most of all, I wanted to thank all the veterans, and especially the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our freedom as Americans,” he said, before reading “A Prayer for Our Nation” by Helen Steiner Rice. Chief Tapp then closed the ceremony, and many walked and wheeled down the road to Mayo Park, where vendors and volunteers manning tables, games and food trucks had set up on the soft sand among the swaying pines and Chinese elms in anticipation of their arrival and the commencement of the rest of the holiday.

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Ocean County Army Ranger Posthumously Awarded Silver Star

Brick Township Honors Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day

Three years ago, Sgt. Ronald Alan Kubik, 21, was seriously wounded in an engagement with an enemy force in Logar Province, Afghanistan. He later succumbed to his wounds on April 23rd, 2010. Sgt. by Phil Stilton Photos courtesy of Brick Township BRICK—Brick Township Celebrated Memorial Day with a parade hosted by the township, American Legion Post 348, and VFW Post 8867. The Parade began near the former Foodtown site on Route 70 and marched down Chambers Bridge Road to the Municipal Complex. Commander Ed McBride of American Legion Post 348 hosted the memorial service. Mary Kubik, sang the National Anthem, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Commander McBride. Reverend Robert Horn of St. Thomas Lutheran Church gave the prayer invocation, saying, “Today we stand proud because of the thousands who died in war for our country and flag.” Mayor Steven Acropolis used his time at the podium to remember Operation Homecoming, the 1973 operation that freed 591 American prisoners of war held in North Vietnam. February 12th marked the fortieth anniversary. The POW’s released in that operation included notables U.S. Navy Vice Admiral James Stockdale, U.S. Congressman John McCain, and United States Air Force General Robinson Risen. “Every year we gather to remember those who did not return alive from their wartime service,” Acropolis said, “We remember those who died on far away battlefields. The battlefields of Southeast Asia, Somalia and the Middle East and during the terror attack on the USS Cole.” Acropolis also took time to remember the tens of thousands of American Marines, soldiers and sailors who did not die on the battlefield, but were in enemy prisoner of war camps during World War II, Korea and Vietnam, where they suffered under harsh conditions, torture and sometimes murder. Eileen Daily, of Gold Star Mothers, mother of Mary Kubik who sang the National Anthem and of U.S. Army


Sgt. Ronald A Kubik said, “I’m very proud that so many people came here today to honor our fallen soldiers.” Her son, Ron Kubik was a U.S. Army Ranger and died on April 23, 2010 during Operation Enduring Freedom. He grew up in Manchester Township and attended Manchester High School before moving to Brielle where he attended Manasquan High School. He graduated in 2006 and enlisted in the Army in 2007, and is interred at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown. “Remember, freedom is not free, it was paid for by the hundreds of thousands of Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice,” she told the crowd. “It was paid for by the blood of our youngest and most promising men and women and was paid for by the families of those soldiers who must live on now without their mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers and sons and daughters.” “I recently lost my only son,” she said. “He gave his life for our country during combat operations in Afghanistan… He was on his third deployment to Afghanistan when he heroically gave his life saving ten soldiers and nineteen women and children.” For his actions, Sgt. Kubik was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star with Valor, the Meritorious Service Medal and Purple Heart. On May 21st, the Army awarded him with the Silver Star. “I am so very proud of my son, he is my hero,” Mrs. Daily said. “And I know his spirit is here with us. Today we remember all of our fallen heroes in all of our wars who made the ultimate sacrifice.” VFW Post 8867 Commander Ed Sofield said, “I’m really proud of all of the people who showed up here today. It’s an honor to be here in front of all these people and remember our community is one big great community. We did a lot after the storm and helped everyone and I’m proud of that.” The VFW Color Guard closed the ceremony with a rifle salute and Taps as the American flag was lowered to half-mast.

Kubik was born on June 22nd, 1988 in Point Pleasant and later moved to Manchester and then Brielle, where he enlisted in the Army in March 2007, less than a year after graduating from Manasquan High School. At the time of his death, Sgt. Kubik was on his third deployment in support of the War on Terror with one previous deployment to Iraq and one to Afghanistan. His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. He has also been awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service

Medal, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals, two Iraq Campaign Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Army Service Ribbon. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, and the Meritorious Service Medal. Kubik led an assault on an enemy compound in Aghanistan searching for the man behind a recent suicide attack. Upon entering the compound, he and his team killed three enemy fighters as approximately twenty women and children in the courtyard nearby refused the Americans’ offer to remove them and provide safety for them. As the battle continued,

Kubik and Sgt. Jason Santora entered the building where more enemy combatants were shooting from to protect the women and children. Kubik and Santora placed themselves directly in the line of fire, suffering multiple gunshot wounds as they held off the enemy combatants in order to shield the women and children present. As the pair held off the enemy, fellow Rangers and Afghan soldiers evacuated the civilians so they can complete their objective of eliminating the hostile forces in the building. Their mission object was complete, all enemy combatants, including the suicide bombing mastermind were all killed.

Township Receives $1.3 Million FEMA Grant for Trader’s Cove The following was provided by the office of Congressman Jon Runyan Washington, D.C.—On May 29th, Congressman Jon Runyan announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a grant of

$1,338,746.43 to Brick Township. The funding will be used to repair Docks A and B at Trader’s Cove Marina, which were damaged in Hurricane Sandy. “Brick Township suffered tremendous damages during Hurricane Sandy and can use this assistance to rebuild and recover,”

Trader’s Cove Marina & Park Officially Opens

Mayor Steven Acroplis cuts the ribbon, offically opening Trader’s Cove. Photo Courtesy Brick Township. The following was compiled would have allowed 52 conusing archived information dominiums on the site in May from Save Barnegat Bay and a 2004. That same month, local recent release provided by Brick environmental advocacy and Township; photos courtesy education organization Save Brick Township Barnegat Bay unveiled a vision of the cove to be transBRICK - Mayor Stephen formed into a public park C. Acropolis was joined by a including such amenities as crowd of citizens, elected of- public boardwalks, gazebos, ficials, environmental activ- a canoe and kayak launch, a ists and government agency facility for marine science officials here as he cut the education/nautical museum/ ribbon officially opening the or a community sailing cenTraders Cove Marina and ter and more. The following Park at a special ceremony on year, Mayor Acropolis led the Thursday, May 23rd. successful negotiations that Traders Cove, an 11.5-acre allowed Brick Township to property located on the acquire the property. northern side of Mantoloking Mayor Acropolis thanked Road just west of the Man- Councilmen Joseph Santoloking Bridge, was formerly giovanni and Domenick a private marina that was pur- Brando for their consistent chased by the Township in support of the project and 2005 to halt the development thanked former governing of high-density condomini- body members who provided ums. It is adjacent to Ocean crucial support of the park. County’s Mantoloking Bridge Future development will County Park and multiuse include floating docks, tranpier. sient boat slips, and a re“Today is truly an historic source building. day in the history of Brick Trader’s Cove also provides Township. Today, we cele- easy access to the recently brate a community effort to reopened F and T Coves that create one of the best public are under the management parks at the Jersey Shore,” he of the United States Fish said. “Trader’s Cove will pro- and Wildlife Service. Mayor vide citizens with a place to Acropolis and Mr. Sangiovanenjoy access to the Barnegat ni were vocal advocates for Bay for generations to come.” the reopening of the coves. A plan to develop condo“The coves are extremely miniums on the Trader’s Cove popular among boaters. We property was announced in are glad that they have been 2003. Mayor Acropolis im- reopened and we urge all citimediately voiced his opposi- zens to treat the coves and the tion and a grass-roots effort waters of the Barnegat Bay to stop the development be- with nothing but the utmost gan, resulting in the govern- respect,” said Mayor Acropoing body unanimously over- lis. “Trader’s Cove is a short turning an approval by the distance away and is available township zoning board that for boaters’ needs.”

stated the congressman. “I look forward to continuing to work with our shore communities to see that they receive the support they need to be made whole again.” Brick Township also received a $1.47M grant from FEMA in late April to help the town recover after Su-

per Storm Sandy. The grant provided federal funding for Emergency Protective Measures to assist in projects such as clearing roadways, providing sheltering, and around the clock police protection for facilities destroyed or damaged as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

Brick Township Council Briefs

Lake Riviera Drainage Improvements to go out to Bid

The township council agreed to advertise bids to remedy drainage issues on Spruce Drive, Montana Drive, Arizona Drive, Huxley Drive, Tennessee Drive, Hudson Drive, and Lakeshore Drive, including the intersection of Pine Tree drive and reconstruction of Virginia Drive drainage culvert. Councilwoman Susan Lydecker said she was “really glad we’re taking care of this for the residents in this neighborhood.” Mayor Steven Acropolis reminded the councilwoman that it was not the current council who should take credit for this project, but the previous council. “These roads were approved in 2011 as part of a capital plan, so I think a thank you goes to the council of 2011 for putting these on the agenda and making sure these got built, it just takes a while to get through the process,” he said.

Concrete Roads for Cedarwood Park?

During discussion of the Cedarwood Park roadway improvement project, Council President Robert Moore questioned the mayor and Business Administrator Scott Pezarras over the use of asphalt road services over concrete road surfaces. “Is there a reason why we don’t use cement for roadways?” he asked. He said Florida and Nevada both use concrete and asked the mayor to look into the prospect. “If we gotta keep going back time and time again and patch roadways every winter, I think if we just throw down six inches of cement in one shot, done.” Mr. Pezarras agreed to investigate and pose the question to the township

engineering department.

Brick Beach I Boardwalk and Shower Rebuild

After being destroyed during Hurricane Sandy, the council discussed the project to rebuild the Brick Beach I boardwalk and shower platform. The project was awarded to Birch Construction of Bayville and will cost $52,297. “This project is supposed to be [completed in] two weeks; it was a little late in getting done, but it will still give us a lot of summer,” Mayor Acropolis said. The project will be partially or fully reimbursed by FEMA depending on the various negotiations ongoing at the state and federal levels, and is part of bond to repair post-Sandy infrastructure.

Blood Drive

The township is having a blood drive on Monday, June 17. Any citizen can donate. The drive will be held from 3pm - 7pm in the municipal building. Please help by donating blood and giving someone a second chance. To schedule an appointment please call (732) 262-4796.

Smoking Prohibited at Brick Family Events

The township council voted to ban smoking at Windward Beach events this summer including Relay for Life, Summer Fest, concert events, and Kid’s Night Out, as it has in past years.

100 Percent FEMA Reimbursement

The governing body followed suit of other towns in requesting FEMA pay 100 percent of recovery of debris and demolition related costs.

Joe’s Crab Shack Seeks to Bypass Noise Ordinance

With summer fast approaching, Joe’s Crab Shack seeks to suspend the municipal noise ordinance to allow the contractor to perform construction activities every Sunday through July 23rd.

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Island Heights Council Briefs by Erik Weber ISLAND HEIGHTS – The following are news and actions from the late May borough council meeting. • Council President Jeff Silver stated that with the completion of the restoration of the Central Avenue pavilion, he was looking into cost estimates to restart an earlier abandoned campaign to offer residents the chance to purchase engraved pavers in a location in the borough. Originally the project was to have taken place in the area outside the post office, but with the destruction of the wooden half-circle to the north of the pavilion on the River Avenue roadway, Mr. Silver stated that he would like to work on possibly bringing the project there, using 4 inch by 8 inch and 8 inch by 8 inch pavers. • Councilman Brian Taboada sought and received authorization to hire a firm to remove and dispose of paint cans illegally deposited at the borough public works yard by area residents, noting that the county would take such items at their Lakewood processing plant, but would not accept

Island Heights Community Calendar Town-Wide Yard Sale

The annual borough-wide yard sale will take place this Saturday, June 8th from 9 am to 3 pm. Anyone interested in participating must obtain a $10 permit at borough offices between 9 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday, and 6 pm to 8 pm on Monday evenings. Permits obtained prior to June 5th will be included in the full garage sale map available to the public on June 7th at various locations, including borough hall, the New Corner Deli and Market, and the Island Heights Post Office. Rain date of the sale is Saturday, June 15th.

Artist Guild Gallery Shows

The Ocean County Artists’ Guild, located in the circa 1879 Victorian cottage at 22 Chestnut Avenue, is featuring a members’ show on The Art of Printmaking until June 2nd, plus gallery shows of “Purely Pastels” by Linda Coulter and “‘art/talk’ a.grega” by Alice Grega. Open free to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 1 to 4 pm. For more information, please call (732) 270-3111 or visit them online at

Music Under the Stars

The John F. Peto Studio Museum’s annual summer concert series of “Music Under the Stars” kicks off Thursday evening, June 20th at the museum grounds at 102 Cedar Avenue. Patrons will have the opportunity to bring blankets, chairs and a picnic basket and enjoy Sounds of the Street – a Doo Wop group – performing live from 6:30 to 9:30 pm on the intimate back lawn area among the many landscaped plants and below the green, leafy trees and stars above. Cost is $25 for adults and $15 for chil-

them from municipalities. The illegal disposal of the cans is thus far expected to cost Island Heights up to $1,000. • The public works department is now operating on summer hours, from 7 am to 3 pm rather than 9 am to 5 pm, allowing them to work possibly less hours in the high heat of the afternoon. • Mr. Taboada reported that the police department was aggressively enforcing anti-litter ordinances in the borough with the warm season bringing more patrons in public spaces. He also reminded area residents that the public areas of Boy Scout Island and the River Avenue boardwalk were now “carry-in, carry-out” areas without trash receptacles. • A formal agreement was authorized between the borough and Florence Bak-Kernaghan and Manya Bak-Kernaghan for the removal of garbage, trash and debris in the yard at 277 Summit Avenue. • South Toms River Municipal Administrative Assistant Jennifer Carr was hired by the borough to become a full-time employee at an hourly rate of $11. Borough Clerk Ellie Rogaldren ages 6 to 13. Season tickets also available. To purchase, go to or call (732) 929-4949.

Gardens & Scenic Porches Tour

The Island Heights Cultural & Heritage Association’s annual self-guided tour of 10 gardens and porches throughout the borough will take place on Saturday, June 22nd from 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday, June 23rd from noon to 4 pm. Advance tickets are $15 and can be purchased by mailing a check to IHCHA, P.O. Box 670, Island Heights, N.J. 08732. Advance tickets will be available at the Cottage Museum at 105 Simpson Avenue for pick up on the day of the tour. Tickets on the day of the tour are $18 at the same location. For more information, please call (732) 929-2646.

Island Heights & Beyond Exhibit

The John F. Peto Studio Museum, located at 102 Cedar Avenue, has opened their latest exhibit, Island Heights & Beyond: The Artists’ Colony, showing until August 25th. Featuring early 20th Century artists at home on the shore, the museum is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 pm and by appointment for private and group tours. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children. For reservations or appointments, please call (732) 929-4949. For more information, please visit them online at

ski stated that Ms. Carr had seven years of experience in that role across the river and is “capable of everything we handle in our offices completely.” She further noted that the need for a full-time employee was growing with the upcoming departure of another part-time employee, leaving the office staffed during the day by only Ms. Rogalski and Wendy Prior, who is the tax collector, water sewer clerk and planning board secretary. •An ordinance was passed on its second reading amending the property maintenance code to adopt the International Property Maintenance Code of 2006. • Brian Rumpf, local attorney and assemblyman from District 9, was hired as the substitute public defender for the borough. • Mr. Taboada responded to several residents’ concerns about cellphone RF signals emanating from the new water sphere, which is replacing the water standpipe, when cellphone service antennas are affixed there. He stated that after a great deal of research into the matter, it does not appear such signals are able to cause cancer, as stated by the residents, as the signals were too weak to alter cell structures in the human body. The councilman added that RF signals from personal cellphones were in fact greater than those from

the tower apparatus. • Mayor Jim Biggs reported that work on the tower and treatment plant continued on schedule. • Borough officials continue to seek solutions for the erosion of the foot of the bluff below the camp meeting grounds area by Hurricane Sandy, and Mr. Taboada reported that Borough Engineer Mike O’Donnell was working with a landscape architect “to immediately find a remedial action for the excessive erosion, and he believes he will have something for us in the near term.” • A raffle license was approved for the Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company’s 15th annual Summer Brew block party for June 29th. The event begins at 5 pm and will feature beers from around the world plus wine and soda, a bar-be-que, salads, clams and snacks plus live entertainment by Daddy Pop. Cost is $25 in advance or $30 at the door for adults; $15 for minors accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased from any fire company member or by going to The fire company can also be found on Facebook for tickets. • Lt. Kevin C. Arnold informed the governing body that recently hired officers would be present at the next borough council meeting on June 11th to meet the mayor and council.

Avoid Genetically Modified Foods – “GMFs” Ask the Chiropractor with Dr. Steven J. Pollack, D.C. Q: What are “GMFs” – genetically modified foods – and are they harmful? A: There is a lot of concern about genetically modified foods. And for good reason – no one really knows how safe they are! Genetically modified foods are the result of manipulating the DNA of an organism. Some people assert that the environment has manipulated DNA for years through mutation and natural selection and by man for thousands of years through artificial selection. However, the term “genetically modified” implies a more direct manipulation of DNA through modern-day biotechnology processes. This process of artificially transferring genes from one organism to another often involves crossing certain species that never would in nature. Many refer to the results as “Frankenfood”. Some argue that there are benefits to genetic engineering - plants that are resistant to the effects of pesticides, faster growing fish and shellfish. But, how accurately can biotechnology firms predict what will happen when the newly introduced genes begin to interact with existing ones? There appears to be a risk of unforeseen illnesses, allergies or weaknesses that could be created. Is this paranoia? Is this

an attempt to stop progress? Is this big industry controlling our lives? I personally believe it is an abomination of nature and against all the belief systems of ethics and health. It is estimated that greater than 70 percent of the world’s base foods, such as soybeans, corn, rice, etc. are already GMFs. Unfortunately the changing effects on our own personal DNA may not be evident for one or two more generations – when it is too late. My advice is to eat natural organic and for as long as you can. Quote of the week: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Anonymous Dr. Steven J. Pollack began his career in 1981 and opened his own practice in Beachwood in 1983. Completing more than 300 hours in Applied Kinesiology, he became one of the first certified Chiropractic Pediatric physicians in the United States in 1996 and is a founding member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. He donates his time to screen hundreds of preschoolers for scoliosis each year. Dr. Pollack can be reached by e-mailing him at or writing to P.O. Box 93, Beachwood, NJ 08722.

ABOVE: Members of the Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company held their annual Memorial Day service at Letter Park before heading to their stationhouse for a fireman’s service. LEFT: Children enjoyed the touch tank at last weekend’s Barnegat Bay Festival, held at the Wanamaker grounds. BELOW: The festival also offered kayan rides starting on Dillon’s Creek and ending at Summit Avenue beach.

Cottage Museum Open

The Island Heights Cottage Museum, an 1880s-style Carpenter Gothic summer cottage located at 105 Simpson Avenue, is open free to the public Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm. Children are welcome and display cases change regularly. For more information, please e-mail or call (732) 929-2646.

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Pine Beach

Council Briefs

The following are news and actions from the governing body meetings through the month of May.

May 6th

• Mayor Lawrence Cuneo reported that the borough was at risk of the state removing approximately $20,000 in development fees earmarked for the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) that were spent properly but possibly marked in the wrong accounts within the borough. He noted that Chief Financial Officer Mary Jane Steib and Borough COAH Attorney Michael Jedziniak were looking into it to correct the error, and added his disapproval of the agency as a whole. • On the topic of the Length of Service Award Program being worked on for a November ballot referendum between Pine Beach and Beachwood officials and the Beachwood First Aid Squad, which would benefit from it, Mayor Cuneo said that he was speaking directly with President Melissa Hickey at the squad to negotiate aspects of the agreement prior to approving it to be put before voters later this year. Several points the Pine Beach governing body has requested to date include the elimination of allowing the program to be backdated and benefit those on the squad prior to its potential activation; a monetary cap on how much the borough would pay into the program each year as part of an overall portion with Beachwood, and a termination clause that would allow the borough to cease funding it if the squad was no longer in operation for whatever reason in the future. • Councilman Andrew Keczkemethy said he was concerned by some debris that appeared at Pocket Park on the western end of Riverside Drive, but Chief John Sgro, who is also the borough administrator, stated

the wood had been in the water due to last October’s Hurricane Sandy and that it was to be cleaned up. • Chief Sgro reported that the public works department was busy with ongoing spring preparations and management of public grounds, and noted that he was looking into a product that could be applied to the Vista Park grass that the invasive Canadian geese would find offensive and halt them from congregating there, dropping their feces everywhere.

May 8th

• Councilman Matthew Abatemarco read from Chief Sgro’s monthly report for April, which stated that the police department had responded to 219 calls for service. Further, “on April 19th, the department conducted a random motor vehicle safety checkpoint in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles. These checkpoints continue to be a valuable resource, with the elimination of the safety portion of the vehicle inspection system. Since this change we have seen an increase of vehicles with safety issues being pulled into the checks.” Chief Sgro continued: “Our department is continuing with our ongoing motor vehicle enforcement efforts. For the month of April, 117 violations were issued. This number does not include figures from the checkpoint. We have shifted some of our focus to people utilizing cell phones while driving and people that block the intersections of the highway during heavy traffic times. “Spring is here and with that, many of our residents are out and about, enjoying our town and more outdoor activities. Our town is noted for the number of residents who enjoy physical activities, such as walking, running and bike riding. With that said, I would like to

remind all drivers to be extra vigilant in watching out for both children and adults that they share the roads with. Please slow down and take your time. Do not assume that a pedestrian or bicyclist has seen you. I would also like to remind drivers that this time of year brings an increase in motorcycle traffic upon our roads. Please remember to slow down and share the road.” • Resolutions passed during the new business portion of the meeting included: celebrating “National Take Your Kids to Parks” day on May 18th; requiring odd/even water use restrictions by residents beginning June 21st to conserve water; hiring part-time employees for lifeguards and a police officer; paying ROCON Construction Group approximately $27,000 through the Community Block Development Grant for work performed on the rebuilding of the police ramp on the side of borough hall to enclose it and make it safer; and appointing Officer Thomas Scalzullo to a full time role in the police department. • Councilwoman Sue Coletti reported that tree plantings organized by borough resident and Toms River High School South senior Lindsey Van Zile and her family for Arbor Day on April 28th went well. • Councilman Barry Wieck stated that the cleanup of the walking trail near the ballfields on Pennsylvania Avenue continued.

May 20th

• Borough resident and Intermediate South 8th grade student, Brielle Anwander, approached the governing body requesting the ability to install a rose garden on public property in the memory of resident Roseanne Kehr, who passed away last December of ovarian cancer and who Mr. Anwander considered a very close family friend, along with her husband. Mayor Cuneo stated that it was a great idea but that he was concerned about adding more work to the public works department for such things on borough property,

and asked the young woman to consider when she would eventually grow older and possibly not be around to care for it. He then added that something to consider was possibly purchasing instead a memorial bench that could be placed along the borough’s Riverwalk boardwalk adjacent the Toms River shoreline, with her name and an engraved rose. Her husband, Daniel Kehr, was also present at the meeting and offered to cover the cost of such a garden, and stated that he would care for it in perpetuity and wanted to know if he could possibly have it installed at Pine Beach Elementary School. “If you want to do it there you have to get that [permission] from the school,” replied the mayor. “We have no control over school property.” He added that upon speaking with Chief Sgro about the proposed garden after receiving a letter about it last month, the two determined that there could be some space made in an area behind borough hall for the garden if an agreement on maintenance was settled. Council President Richard “Ritty” Polhemus urged Mr. Kehr and Ms. Anwander to look at area around town and return to the governing body in June with an action plan that could be looked at in further detail. • Mayor Cuneo gave an update on the LOSAP discussions with the first aid squad, stating that the squad had returned certain items into the proposed program that Pine Beach was opposed to, including the longevity credit and changing a part of the language that previously stated only “active” members could be eligible, but now inactive members were potentially eligible. He noted that the maximum contribution cap clause was still in place for Pine Beach, but added that he did not see one in place for Beachwood. “This is what they want [and they] want to put it out this way,” Mayor Cuneo said. “But I told them straight out – if someone asks my opinion I’m going

to say, ‘Don’t vote for it, vote it down, it’s not right for us.’” Mr. Keczkemethy stated his intention to help fully educate Pine Beach residents about their opinion on the agreement if it included stipulations that the governing body was opposed to. “We’re not against LOSAP or the Beachwood First Aid Squad,” added the mayor, pointing out that the governing body was only opposed to certain things they disagreed with in the potential agreement as currently written. • Mrs. Steib reported that she continued to work on the development fees that the state was demanding for COAH, and that after going through the old paperwork would be able to rectify the situation. • The chief financial officer added that paperwork for the replacement of storm-damaged bulkheading was ongoing. Mayor Cuneo said that the Henley Avenue dock would not be able to be repaired before the bulkheading. “It’s taking too long, but the process is the problem with that,” he noted. • A report received by the Toms River Regional Schools board of education included the annual budget, and the mayor stated that they had determined to use pre-Sandy property values from October 1st, 2012, which would work in the favor of Pine Beach since borough properties were revalued by then and were approximately 18 percent lower, thus reducing the amount to be paid to the school system this year. Next year, he warned, would likely be “a different story” since Hurricane Sandy could have destroyed an estimated 20 percent of Toms River Township’s tax base, which could increase school taxes for possibly Beachwood and South Toms River at that time. • A concerned citizen on Prospect Avenue was discussed as having issues with the speeding of motorists along that roadway and the recent accidents there that saw drivers ignore the stop sign on Motor Road.

The mayor and council discussed possible solutions to the issue, including rumble strips, but noted that noise from the constant rumbling of tires over the strips might upset even more residents in the process there. Chief Sgro added that as that was a county road in that section, the town would be “required to go to the county and they come out and want statistical data on accidents – it was the same thing when we asked for the blinking light at Prospect and Station [avenues] – there’s not going to be enough statistical data to warrant any other type of improvement there.” Mr. Keczkemethy said that it was not the town’s job to babysit thousands of motorists for the one that would not follow the rules of the road. “They’re still not going to pay attention,” he said. • Mr. Polhemus updated the governing body about the proposed false alarm ordinance that would penalize repeat offenders who regularly bring emergency services to their address without making repairs to their home alarm systems. Referring to a similar ordinance in Island Heights Borough, he said that there was no fine for the first or second false alarm, but that the third through fifth alarm would each incur $100 per offense; the sixth through seventh would incur $150 each; the eight through ninth would cost the homeowner $200 apiece, and each one beyond that would be $250. It was determined that if the borough were to go forward with this ordinance, the false alarm numbers would reset on an annual basis so that homeowners wouldn’t have false alarms accumulating over decades. “How many locations do we have in town that create false alarms?” asked Councilman Robert Budesa. “Any household with an alarm has the potential, but we do get multiple,” replied Chief Sgro, adding that the intention of the proposed ordinance was not to fine people but to urge them to fix their alarm systems.

LEFT: The Pine Beach Municipal Alliance sponsored the annual magic show held in the elementary school that carried an anti-drug and alcohol message for students. RIGHT: Students from Ms. Mika’s 5th grade class helped clean up the river area during the Barnegat Bay Blitz last month on Windy Cove.


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Ocean County College Graduates Nursing Class of 2013

Jackson School District Credits Preparation and Communication After Nearby Shooting Forces Lock Down By Phil Stilton JAC K S ON - J a c k s o n School District administrators said they see the events of last week’s shooting incident in Robbins Estates, in the vicinity of the Lucy N. Holman Elementary School as a positive learning experience and an opportunity to refresh the entire school community about what can happen during an emergency. While no students were ever in any imminent danger, the proximity of the shooting put the district and police officials in a heightened state of awareness and readiness. “The staff, students and parents should be very proud of the way they handled themselves - everyone stayed calm and stayed focused on what they needed to do in order to keep students safe ,’’ said Deputy Superintendent Lu Anne Meinders. “Luckily, this did not involve someone inside our schools, but even still it did cause temporary alarm in all of us. In times like that it is crucial to be prepared and to remain calm and our schools did very well in both respects.’’ All district schools prac-

tice emergency drills, including lockdown drills, but the district said there is no substitute for real experience. “Of course we would prefer to never have to implement our emergency procedures, but since we did we are grateful to use this as a real, working practice,’’ Meinders said. At nearby Christa McAuliffe Middle School, approximately one mile from the shooting principal Robert Rotante led the lock down. For Mr. Rotante, it was his second actual lock down scenario. Last year, after a disturbance in the parking lot which led police after a man who had abducted a woman nearby, the school went on lock down, but an investigation by police found the dispute was related to a domestic altercation. Rotante said the difference between lockdown drills and a real lock down is the level of anxiety and tension, but added his faculty and students, through practice and drills performed in an exceptional manner. The district also pointed out that this incident should serve as a reminder of how important it is to keep contact infor-

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mation up to date in the district’s Parentlink information system. This system is used by the district to make automated phone calls and to send out emails and text messages to parents. Parents can log in to the system to provide multiple email addresses and multiple phone numbers to be used by the district. “Parents need to get their information from the district in scenarios like this,” Rotanto added. “It’s easy for rumors and misinformation to spread, especially with the internet and call phones. The district has a system in place to alert parents with factual information.” He advised parents to be cautious of texts or information from students

because those reports are often over-exaggerated or incorrect. District Communications Coordinator Allison Erwin said parents can sign up on the district website to also receive emails and texts from the district in case of emergencies. “In the beginning of every school year we let our parents know that they should monitor the contact information in that system and that they can also give us a number where we can send text or SMS alerts,’’ said Allison Erwin, the district’s coordinator of communications. “This incident is a perfect example of how important it is to have multiple ways to get our message out.’’

Liberty Defeats Memorial in Jackson Iron Chef Competition

By Allison Erwin, Jackson Schools JACKSON--Students in the Family and Consumer Science classes from Jackson Liberty and Jackson Memorial high schools showed off their culinary expertise in the second annual Iron Chef Competition. Designed to develop students’ knowledge of cooking, creativity, teamwork, time management, poise and confidence, the event produced some amazing dishes that impressed the judges and audience. The 60-minute timer was set... the teams divided up... and they began cooking, creating three separate dishes (an appetizer, an entrée and a dessert) with the given ingredient, which this year was cheese. Then, judges ate the dishes and voted on taste, presentation, creativity to see “whose cuisine reigns su-


preme’’. “I was looking at more than just the dishes they prepared, but at the techniques, the attention to detail and the teamwork – teamwork is such an important part of being in a real kitchen,’’ said Joe Carchio, Head Chef at Jackson restaurant 21 South and a judge of the Iron Chef Competition. “It wasn’t just about putting things together and putting it out, it was about the technique and about team work, and that is really a testament to the teachers as well as the students.’’ Students said the event was incredibly fun to be a part of, but also very challenging. “It was a little overwhelming at first with the time limit and all that we had to get done,’’ said student Mercedes Vega. “When you practice you keep timing in mind, but it’s nothing like the real thing.’’ In the end, the Jackson Liberty team edged out the Memorial team  530 points to

519 points, but organizers said all the students were really winners for having worked

together. Also, in addition to being a learning experience for the cooking students, who each had to submit an application about why they wanted to be on the Iron Chef team, the event is also a learning experience for the district’s television production students who film it for JTV. “They get to learn how to prepare for, shoot and edit a live show and to realize all the work and skill that goes into it,’’ said Assistant Principal Heather Novak, who was one of the event organizers. “All around the students come out of this with such an appreciation for how much it means to prepare, to have good time management and to really work together. It’s a great event for learning many things.’’

TOMS RIVER – One hundred twenty-four students from the Ocean County College Nursing Class received their nursing pins at the Annual Nurses Pinning Ceremony on Tuesday, May 21st at in the Arts & Community Center Theatre at the OCC Main Campus in Toms River. During the ceremony, special awards in nursing were presented. The following nursing graduates received awards: • St. Barnabas Behavioral Health Award – Recipient: Kateri Norton (Howell) • Community Medical Center Awards – Recipients: Kimberly Coleman (Forked River) and Alexa Rae Yabut (Manahawkin) • New Jersey League for Nursing Award – Recipient: Lizbeth Santibanez (Brick) The graduates completed the two-year course of study leading to an associate degree in applied science in nursing. Sixty-one students completed the degree requirements this May and 63 students completed the degree requirements last December. The Ocean County College nursing graduates from Ocean County include: Barnegat: Michele Guido, Erin Little, Laura-Beth McKeown, and Donna Pierce, Jessica Hernandez and Jennifer Severin; Bayville: Lori Stewart; Beachwood: Jeffrey Huntley and April Fischer; Brick: Augusto Cespedes, Elizabeth Gannon, Lindsay Goretski, Valerie Klim, Lisa Romanow, Laura Rudorfer, Anthony Scrofine, Lynn Tedeschi, Wendy Westphal , Danielle Ann Bagley, Samantha Bernard, Maxine Hall, Jennifer Katzmann, Amy Keefe, Karl Rex, Lizbeth Santibanez, and

Jaclyn Yanovsky; Forked River: William LaBruna , Danielle Androcy, Jennifer Christ, Kimberly Coleman, and Lisa Hatrak; Island Heights: Rebecca Constantine; Jackson: Druclair Flynn, Jennifer Hruschka, Caryn Keeley, Laura Spata, and Jessyca Thompson, Veronica Busch, Jason Byrne, Stephanie Christen, Aurora Cleary, Susan Fuchs, Kristie Goelz, and Ashley Siegle; Lakewood: Sashalee Coke, Chaya Freedman, Ann Friedman, Pesha Konovitch, and Shulamit Navaro, Batsheva Eisen, Stephan Gymnich, Fraidy Karmel, and John Keene; Lanoka Harbor: Christy Neill (McDonald); Little Egg Harbor: Ashley Acierno , Melissa Evans and Kathleen Friedlander; Manahawkin: Andrea Cline, Robyn Gray, Caitlin Michels, Liana Schmidt, and Dena Smith, Frances Farnung, Renee Petitt, Suzann Thoman, and Alexa Rae Yabut; Manchester: Kim Hart and Amanda Peterson; Point Pleasant: JoAnna Fabiano and Christopher Griffin, Christina Devito and Tara Rostron-Lorenz; Toms River: Mark Amiscosa, Christine Coltenback, Jadwiga Corapi, Jonathan Dacpano, Amanda Erli, Margaret Myhre, Karolina Piwnica, Darlene Rodriquez, Jennifer Rosa, Nicole VanHouten, Mary Albuquerque, Stacy Calicchio, Linda Cioppa, Elizabeth Cogan, Maria Ditommaso, Fernan Dungca, Salwa Elbyadi, Denise Gillman, Sabina Gjonbalaj, Patrick Hurler, Irving Lukas, Brittany McCabe, Donna McCurdy, Jennifer Muraglia, Melissa Naphier, Daniel Ostie, JohnPaul Tinio, Colleen Tompkins, and Erin Wiggins; Tuckerton: Valerie Mills , Katharyn Gunn; Waretown: Jacqueline Keen; West Creek: Patrick Topping and Sybil Schriever; Whiting: Cathy Ippolito.

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Two County Students Receive Spirit of a Hero Scholarships from NJ First Lady

First Lady Mary Pat Christie honors twenty students from throughout the state with a $5,000 New Jersey Heroes Spirit of a Hero Scholarship at Drumthwacket in Princeton, New Jersey. The following was provided by the Office of the Governor TRENTON - First Lady Mary Pat Christie announced $100,000 in New Jersey Heroes Spirit of a Hero Scholarships today during a ceremony at Drumthwacket, the Governor’s official residence in Princeton. Twenty students from throughout the state will each receive a $5,000 scholarship to pursue post-secondary education opportunities. Mrs. Christie launched the scholarship

program earlier this year in February. The two Ocean County recipients were: Brandon J. Karpowich, Toms River High School North Brandon founded Volunteers R’ Us, a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting volunteers to organizations that are volunteer dependent. He has created a website for Volunteers R’ Us that connects more than 1,000 potential volunteers with more than 20 organizations.

Christopher Joseph Nolze, Toms River High School South Chris created the non-profit foundation, “Chris’s Fight for a Cure,” when he was diagnosed with brain cancer five years ago. After Superstorm Sandy struck New Jersey, Chris used the money he had been raising to help bring Christmas to families affected by the storm. Chris remains committed to raising money to help families in crisis situations.

My County Poster Contest Winners

2013 “My County” Poster Contest Winners from right to left are Claudia Magahis, First Place, St. Dominic’s School, Brick Township; Bethany Edley, Second Place, Ridgeway School, Manchester Township; Jack Mangan, Third Place, Cedar Creek School, Lacey Township, and Ben Sparks, Honorable Mention, Ethel Jacobson/Long Beach Island School. Honoring the students from right to left are: Ocean County Freeholder Director John P. Kelly, Ocean County Deputy Surrogate Ashley Fiore and Ocean County Clerk Scott M. Colabella. TOMS RIVER - Four Ocean County fourth grade pupils were recently honored as the top winners of the 2013 “My County” Poster Contest in recognition of National County Government Month. A total of 87 fourth graders

County. The winners were each presented with a certificate from Ocean County officials at a ceremony held in the Ocean County Administration Building, here, during a meeting of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

American Legion Visits St. Aloysius School

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Ocean County Sportsmanship Award Winners Six Toms River Regional School District student athletes were among those chosen to receive the 2013 Ocean County Sportsmanship Award. From left to right: Kevin Corrigan (TRS), Noelle Shirley (TRS), Danae O’Halloran (TRN) and Chris Gulla (TRN). Not pictured: Marissa Becket (TRE) and Kyle Smyth (TRE).

from 32 schools throughout Ocean County participated in the annual contest to promote awareness of County government and its functions. Fourth graders were invited to design a poster that depicts all that’s special and unique about Ocean

JACKSON - In recognition of Memorial Day, representatives from American Legion Post 504, here, visited St. Aloysius School on Friday, May 24th for a ceremony that took place in the Old Church. There, 7th grader Robert Chojnacki began the event by entering with the American flag and placing it at the front of the assembled crowd of students, faculty and

family members. The representatives from American Legion Post 504 included Bill Palme, Commander; Barry Kakos, Finance Officer; and Dave Whelan, Adjutant. Students from the 7th grade were invited to participate in an essay writing competition with the title of “What Memorial Day Means to Me.” The winners who were announced following the ceremony and received a check from the American Legion were:

1st Place - Michael Werthmuller 2nd Place - Ashley Bock 3rd Place - Jasmine Patel Students from the 4th and 5th grades also took part in a coloring contest and those winners, as chosen by the American Legion, included: 1st Place - Kaitlin Capallupo (in addition to winning 1st place locally, Kaitlin won 2nd place in the county) 2nd Place - Victoria Fletcher 3rd Place - Jacob Canderozzi

Drum Corps Returns to Ocean County JACKSON - Jackson Liberty High School will host World Class marching pageantry on June 28th. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. and include seven of the top marching music ensembles in the world, including the 10-time World Champion Cadets from Allentown, Pa.; Phantom Regiment from Rockford, Illinois; the Bluecoats from Canton, Ohio; the Boston Crusaders from Boston, MA; Jersey Surf from Camden County and the Raiders from Burlington County

Drum Corps: An American Tradition begins at 7:30 pm. Ticket prices range from $18 for Value Reserved seats, up to $50 for exclusive VIP seating. A limited number of $15 General Admission tickets will be available the day of the event at the gate or in advance from members of the Jackson Liberty High School Marching Band. Ticket prices will increase $5 at the box office on the day of the show.

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New Jersey AYF All-Stars Win National Championship by Phil Stilton TOMS RIVER - The New Jersey American Youth Football (NJ AYF) All-Stars celebrated their all-star championship on Sunday, May 26th at Toms River High School North when they defeated Team Maryland at the “Battle at the Beach” AYF Tournament. The tournament consisted of teams from Central Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In round one, the NJ AYF team defeated Central Florida 28-10 in the four team single elimination tournament. Later that afternoon, Maryland defeated Philadelphia 32-6, setting up a Maryland vs. New Jersey championship the next day. In the Sunday morning consolation game, Philadelphia defeated Central Florida 18-12. NJ AYF started the game with a touchdown pass from Toms River Indian Mike Husni to fellow Indian Brandon Laird. It would be the only scoring during the first half, giving New Jersey a 6-0 lead going into the

second half after a missed point after attempt. With seven minutes left in the third quarter, New Jersey struck again as Brick Dragon Tony Thorpe ran the ball into the Maryland end zone. A successful point after touchdown made the score 14-0. Mike Gawlik, of the Jackson Jaguars, made the score 20-0 with another rushing touchdown. Joe Leone, of the Jackson Jaguars, started the fourth period with a touchdown

run of his own, running up the scoreboard against Maryland, giving New Jersey a 26-0 lead, but Maryland put an end to any hope of a shutout, scoring with ten minutes left in the game. New Jersey held off Maryland to capture another AYF all-star championship. The NJ AYF all-star team consisted of players from NJAYF-Jersey Shore, including Toms River, Jackson, Brick and Berkeley townships.

Toms River High School North players celebrate after winning the 2013 Shore Conference Tournament final against Jackson Liberty High School.

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For many of the players on the Jackson Liberty varsity baseball team, winning championships is nothing new. For years. the core group of players on the team, Angel Garced, Jordan Mundell, James Sofield, Brendan Benecke and Tyler Pallante played together at Holbrook Little League in Jackson. It was this core group o of once Little League all-stars who made it all the way to the Junior League World Series semifinals, finishing 3rd in the country in 2009. It has been a long road for the team between their days in the Junior League to their appearance in the

Shore Conference Final. Their time at Liberty was a major accomplishment for not only the team, but for the young program at the new high school. It was one step closer to the title for a program that has come a long way in just a few years under coach Jim Rankin. Another Lion with some knowledge about winning was starting pitcher Danny Serreino. Serreino helped to lead his own Jackson Little League team to a District 18 title in 2009. While the Holbrook alumni graduate this season and go their seperate ways, there’s nothing that

can take away the experience the boys had during their youth and high school sports careers. As high school players, most were varsity starters since their sophomore year, making them perhaps one of the most veteran teams in the shore conference. Although they did not win the championship, their accomplishments over the past three years were many and they singlehandedly put Jackson Liberty on the map as a dominant force to be reckoned with in the shore conference, something the underclassmen will be tasked to carry into the coming years.

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Jackson Liberty Defeats CBA in SCT Semifinal by Matt Manley, All Shore Media

Toms River North Wins Shore Conference Tournament Championship by Matt Manley, All-Shore Media LAKEWOOD - Toms River North senior righthander Karl Blum is a fouryear varsity player whose standout play and tools were enough to land him a scholarship to play at Duke University next season, and yet following his final game as a high school athlete Monday against Jackson Liberty in the Shore Conference Tournament final at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, Blum admitted to being dissatisfied with his career up until Monday night. With one last winning performance, Blum lived up to his own lofty expectations for himself and gave a program with annual championship expectations a victory unprecedented in its prolific history. Blum pitched a five-hit complete game and the Mariners beat Jackson Liberty, 5-2, Monday night to win their first Shore Conference Tournament title since 2005 and their second tournament championship this season. By winning the Ocean County Tournament and Shore Conference Tournament, this year’s Mariners team became the first in the history of the program to win two tournament championships in the same season. “The expectations (in the program) are tough, but we love it,” Blum said. “It’s even sweeter when we keep the tradition going and put some new numbers up on

the wall. I don’t know how many teams have won two tournaments in the history of our school, so to be able to say we’re one of the best ever is awesome.” Monday night was not only one of redemption for the Mariners ace, but also for the program, which made it to the final last season before losing to Jackson Memorial, 7-0. This time, the Mariners were the experienced team facing an roster of players playing in its first championship game and in Jackson Liberty’s case, Monday was the first ever appearance in a championship game of any kind. “We were riding in on the bus and Ron Marinaccio said that the situation was reverse this year,” Blum said. “Last year, we were like them playing here for the first time. Last year, we didn’t really have experience in games like this and we were kind of jittery. “This year, we showed up to the ballpark like it was just another game. Don’t get me wrong, there was something going on, but we were calm, we were focused and we just knew we were ready to play our best game. I can’t speak for how their dugout was, but I can say that the feeling for us was different this year because we went through it last year. Senior left fielder Mike Miraglia dealt Jackson Liberty junior starter Dan Serreino the big blow of the game when he lined a twoout, bases-clearing, three-

run double to the right field corner in the top of the third inning to put Toms River North ahead 4-0. Miraglia later scored on an errant throw on an attempted steal of third. Miraglia made a bid for an RBI single in the first inning, but Jackson Liberty junior second baseman James Sofield made a diving stop to his right and flipped to shortstop Angel Garced for the force at second base. Garced’s error one batter earlier allowed Toms River North to score the first run of the game, as Garced bobbled the ball and flipped it to Sofield, but not in time to get courtesy runner Joey LaCava on a close play. The Lions scored their first run when right fielder Jordan Mundell walked and scored on the wild pitch on a strikeout by Blum of third baseman Tyler Pallante. Blum then punched

out designated hitter Joel Rivera to end the threat with runners on second and third. Jackson Liberty added an unearned run against Blum in the fifth to make it 5-2. After the error in the frame, Blum retired eight of the last nine hitters he faced, allowing only a twoout single to center fielder Matt Castronuova in the seventh. He then induced Garced into a game-ending fly out to center field. “This team started the beginning of the season wanting to make a mark on the program,” Schelmay said. “They talked about it; they thought about it, they went through a lot of adversity early with the one-run losses. They were competitive, but they got better because of it. I told them the other day; everything was meant to be the way it fell into place.”

Senior Golf Tournament Results

On Saturday, May 25 the Monsignor Donovan Girls Track and field team competed and won the NonPublic “A” South Jersey Sectional Championships held at MDHS. Junior pole vaulter Claudia Dabrowski broke the meet record and tied the school record with a vault of 10’6”.

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TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation has announced the winners of the Men’s and Women’s Senior Golf Tournament held Thursday, May 2nd at the Ocean County Golf Course at Atlantis. The winners for the Men’s Division I Low Gross were Pat Kalucki with an 83, Frank Amato with an 85, and Joe Gabrielski with an 86. The low net winners were Amato with a 72, Kalucki with a 74, and Phil Siciliano with a 75. The winners for the Men’s Division II Low Gross were John Yablonski with an 85, Ken Hughes with a 100, and Don Jones with a 106. The low net winners were Yablonski with a 74, Mike Weber with a 76 and Hughes with a 77. The Division III Low Gross winners for the men were Al Madnick with a

93, Joe Wenzel with a 93, and Mike Lasala with a 98. The Low Net winners were Wenzel with a 73, Lasala with a 76, and George O’Toole with a 76. In the Ladies Division, the Low Gross winner for Division I were Gloria Joslin with a 130 and Rachel Amorosi with a 131. Low Net winners Joslin and Amorosi each had an 81. The Low Gross winners for Division II were Carol Fairweather with a 120, Joan O’Connor with a 124 and Cathy Carapelho with a 128. Net winners were Fairweather with a 76, OConnor and Carapelho each with a 78. Al Madnick grabbed the Men’s closest to the pin title with 14 ft. 11 in. Pat Ridge won Ladies with a 12 ft. 5 in. shot. The winners for the longest drive were pat Kalucki for the men and Gwen Atwell for the ladies.

RED BANK - Jackson Liberty senior right-hander Tyler Pallante faced one of the toughest jams of his career last Wednesday against third-seeded Christian Brothers Academy in the bottom of the seventh inning, and while he had dozens of successful seventh-inning finishes from which to draw experience, as CBA mounted a potential game-winning rally, he could not stop thinking about the first major failure of his high school career. Three years after giving up a seventh-inning lead in the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals against rival Jackson Memorial as a freshman, Pallante retired three straight batters with runners on first and third to nail down a scoreless seventh and a 3-1 Lions win over the Colts. “We’ve been on the wrong end of some close games over the last couple years, so to win one like this is big for everyone in the

program,” Jackson Liberty coach Jim Rankin said. “In my opinion, the Shore Conference Tournament is the hardest one to win, without question, so to be going to the finals at [FirstEnergy Park], it’s a pretty surreal feeling. I don’t think it’s going to hit me until we get to Lakewood on Monday night.” The last and only other time Jackson Liberty reached the SCT semifinals was 2010, when the Lions were one out away from clinching a spot in the final against Jackson Memorial before then-junior Matt Meleo launched a two-out, two-strike, three-run home run to stun Pallante and the Lions, 7-5. Pallante was enjoying a stellar freshman season as one of Jackson Liberty’s top pitchers before things came undone in his biggest appearance of the season. Since the blown save in the 2010 semifinal, Pallante has been a mainstay in the Jackson Liberty rotation and has been at his best in the late innings.

Mariners Sink Jaguars in SCT Semifinal by Matt Manley, All-Shore Media RED BANK-Twenty-year Toms River North coach Ted Schelmay likes when his teams take on the personality of their seniors, and Thursday against top-seeded Jackson Memorial in the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals, the Mariners’ senior ace was competitive, tough, defiant, and found a way to get his job done in all facets of the game. Senior right-hander Karl Blum overcame some early command issues and cramps later in the game by gutting through 6 2/3 innings and also chipped in with a solo home run as the Mariners beat the Jaguars 6-3 for their second straight win over the Mariners in a postseason setting. Toms River North - which won the Ocean County Tournament championship by beating Jackson Memorial in the final - will play in its

second straight SCT final Monday night against Jackson Liberty at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood. The Mariners lost to Jackson Memorial in last year’s final, 7-0. “The guys who have been in this program three and four years, they’ve seen us finish strong and know they know it’s their turn to finish strong,” Schelmay said. “We’ve been to the Shore Conference final, we’ve been deep in the state tournament and these guys know that this is the time of year to turn it on, and just like the players who graduated before them, they know how to do it.” “We have a lot of numbers hanging in the outfield that represent the different championship years and there aren’t many that have two numbers up there for tournament championships,” Blum said. “We want to be one of the teams that puts two numbers up on the wall.”

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innings, giving up just 3 runs and striking out 15 batters. Amanda Murray went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI. In East’s win against Cherokee, Jordan Weed pitched a two hit shutout and Taylor Dziedzic reached base on an error, scoring the Raiders’ only run, but with Weed’s performance on the mound, it was all that was needed.

St. Aloysius Girls Volleyball Team 2013 Parochial League Champs

Boys Track and Field State Championships Chris Marco of Toms River South won the 1,600 meter run Group III championship with a time of 4:15.07. Nicolas Eckett of Jackson Liberty was pole vault winner with 15-0. Kyle Kroon, Toms River South, finished second in the 3,200 meter run with a 9:13.80 time.

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Southern Regional Class A South Golf Champions

After winning the Ocean County Tournament against Toms River North, Toms River East advanced to the Shore Conference Tournament finals, defeating Mater Dei. It was once again Jordan Weed on the mound for the raiders, shutting out her opponent and hitting a two run home run in the semi-final game which east won 6-0. Weed allowed only two hits in the game. Earlier in the tournament, East defeated High School South 3-0. Mater Dei defeated Jackson Liberty 6-2 in round one; Jackson Memorial defeated Monmouth 8-2 in round one, but lost 16-0 to St. John Vianney in round two; Toms River North defeated Hudson 10-0 in round one, but lost a close 8-7 game to Raritan in round two. Monsignor Donovan lost to RBC 12-3 in round 1.

While the Ocean County boys’ teams are showing the conference that the county can compete in the sport of lacrosse, the girls’ tournament this year was dominated by Monmouth County teams. Best showing in the tournament for county teams went to Toms River South after defeating Wall in round one 19-11, but lost to Rumson 15-3. Toms River North, Lacey and Barnegat all lost their first round games.

After defeating Toms River North 164 to 180, the Rams became the 2013 Shore Conference Class A South Champions, finishing their season with a record of 18-6. Shore Conference Tournament – Tennis Toms River High School North lost to Holmdel 5-0 in the semi-final round of the tournament in which Holmdel went on to defeat Marlboro 5-0.

Coach Schwartz Wins 500th Game Toms River East Softball coach Debbie Schwartz not only celebrated a berth in the Shore Conference Tournament final when her Raiders defeated Mater Dei 6-0, it was her 500th career win as coach.

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Boys Lacrosse Shore Conference Tournament Number one seeded Southern Regional dominated their side of the bracket, defeating Colts Neck 14-5 and CBA 10-3 before their showdown with defending champions Rumson at Monmouth University on May 14th. Rumson defeated Southern 14-5. The Rams then lost to Ridge in the NJSIAA Group IV Lacrosse championship after defeating Monroe 19-5 for the Group IV South Championship. Jackson Memorial once again went deep into the tournament this year, defeating Lacey and Howell before losing to Rumson 9-8 in the semifinal.


Southern Regional 2013 Boys Volleyball Champions Ten high schools participated in this year’s Shore Conference volleyball tournament, but it was Southern Regional who ended the tournament as SCT Champs. Southern eliminated Toms River South 2-0 in the semi-finals to advance to play CBA. CBA defeated Central Regional 2-0 in the first round the day prior and got past a tough St. John Vianney team earlier that morning. Southern, seeded number one in the tournament defeated the three seeded CBA in the final, held at Southern Regional on May 16.

Softball State Tournaments Eighth seeded Jackson Memorial lost 6-1 to Hunterdon Central in round 1 of the Central Jersey Group IV Tournament. In the South Group 4 tournament, Toms River North made it all the way to the semi-final where they lost to the number one seed Washington Township 11-

The JV Girls Volleyball finished their season as the 2013 Monmouth-Ocean Parochial Volleyball League Champions, winning both the league and their division. The championship game was played at St. John Vianney High School on Saturday, May 18 against Holy Family School. The JV and Varsity Boys Volleyball teams also had success by being Championship Runners Up. ~ provided by Olive Taylor, St. Aloysius School

Brick Winter Champs Honored BRICK - At the May 22nd meeting of the governing body, here, Mayor Steven Acropolis issued proclamations to the Brick Memorial High School girls’ bowling team and wrestling team. “This past season, the Brick Memorial High School Mustangs Girls’ Bowling Team added to our community’s illustrious tradition of athletic excellence by capturing the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions Title on February 12 at Brunswick Zone Carolier Lanes,” the proclamation read. “The Mustangs Captured the Group IV Championship and then proceeded to defeat Cardinal McCarrick High School in the semi-finals and then defeated the Manchester Hawks to capture their school’s first Tournament of Champions crown. The members of the State Champion Mustangs Bowling Team are Victoria Boughton, Victoria Campbell, Jes-

sica Cohen, McKenna Collier, Brandy Collins, Misty Downs, Katie Hagan and Kaitlyn Lashand, and Head Coach of the State Champion Mustangs was David Thompson.” The Mustangs’ wrestling team was commended by the mayor for their eighth state team championship. “ Brick Memorial’s gymnasium walls are festooned with the accomplishments of the school’s wrestlers including 2 overall State Titles, 8 Group State Championships, 14 Sectional State Championships, 14 Shore Conference Titles, 6 individual State Champions and countless individual State Place Winners, Region Champions and District Champions,” the proclamation read, “The 2012/2013 Mustangs Wrestling Team continued the program’s success by capturing the NJSIAA Group IV State Championship, the Central Jersey Group IV Championship

and the Shore Conference Tournament Championship. The members of the State Champion Mustangs are Jayson Bailey, Joe Beverly, Luis Bocalman, Nicholas Costa, Alec Donovan, Shane Emmett, Ezra Figueroa, Joseph Ghione, Christopher Mahaffey, Connor Maliff, Anthony Miller, Matthew Moore, Connor Owen, Nick Piezzo, Tyler Poling, Scott Reitemeyer, Tyler Richardson, Cliff Ruggiero, Rob Ruggiero, Alexander Santos, Jared Staub, Rondell Vermeulen, and Luke Vescovi.” “The Mustangs were led this season by Head Coach Dan O’Cone, who, after seven successful seasons that saw him leave his mark on the program by leading the Mustangs to a record of 146-32 and capture three Group IV titles, has stepped down as Coach.”

Jackson Memorial High School Lacrosse. 1. The Mariners defeated Egg Harbor 8-0 in round one and Vineland 5-4 in round two. Toms River East and South both won their first tournament games. South shutout Millville 3-0 and East shutout Cherokee 1-0 before both teams were eliminated in the quarterfinals. Indian Danielle Gabriel pitched seven solid

Photo: Bottom Right-Mr. Holzapfel, principal, congratulates his students from South Toms River Elementary who participated in the elementary track meet held at High School North. Photo by TR Schools. Below-Chrissy Ribaudo at bat for Toms River High School North.

Newly graduated seniors Sarah Smith and Hallie Papiernik were honored at the MDHA lacrosse banquet on May 23rd. Sarah set a new school record for 205 goals in her varsity career and will be playing for St Joseph University, Pennsylvania, on scholarship. Hallie received the Virtue Award for Exemplary Sports Performance while living the Catholic values. Hallie will be attending Drexel University, also in Pennsylvania, this fall. Photo courtesy Denise Papiernik.

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Shore Yacht Clubs Sail into Summer Dozens of area sailors took to the waters of the Toms River earlier this spring, racing in two ongoing one design competitions for E-Scows and Flying Scots through the Toms River Yacht Club's Spring Series. On June 1st, the club hosted its annual “Tune-Up� regatta that leads sailors into the summer sailing season. For more information, visit them online at www.tryc. com. Special thanks to Billy Warner and Willy Fulmer. Erik Weber / Ocean Signal

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POLICE BLOTTER burglary and theft from 5 Lewis Tree service trucks that were parked in the JCPL construction yard on Highland Parkway...Traffic Safety Corporal Paul worth is investigating an accident that occurred at 11 a.m. on Bay Avenue and North Tunesbrook Drive


An early morning fire badly damaged a home in the West Dover section of Toms River on June 4th. The following public information has been provided by local police departments, intended for public release. Visit the Ocean County Police Blotter on facebook for daily police, fire and EMS news from around Ocean County.


May 30: Michael G. Luongo entered the Walgreens Pharmacy, located at the intersection of Drum Point Rd/Hooper Av., asking to purchase spray paint to paint a handgun, which he had in his front pocket and showed the employees, but did not remove the gun from his pocket. Not being able to purchase spray paint, Luongo subsequently left the location and entered the CVS Pharmacy across the street in the attempt to purchase spray paint again. Luongo, again, showed the handgun in his pocket, but did not remove it. Employees called the police regarding a man in possession of a handgun. The employees provided a description of the suspect, which allowed Sgt. Steve Gerling and Officer Valanzola, who had arrived on scene, to identify the suspect and monitored his action. The officers, not wanting to incur an incident inside the store filled with civilians, waited until Luongo exited, at which time, they took Luongo into custody without incident or injury. Luongo did not make any threats with the gun toward any employees or civilians and did not remove the weapon from his pocket. The handgun was a white in color, plastic semi-automatic style, replica.


June 4: Three residents of 9 Seaton Road in the West Dover section of the township were awakened by multiple smoke alarms at 2 a.m. The three residents claimed no injuries at the scene but as a precaution were transported to Community Medical center to be checked out. The fire which severely damaged the two story home was extinguished by Toms River Fire Companies 1 & 2 and East Dover Fire Company. The fire started in the downstairs den and is being investigated by the Toms River Bureau of fire prevention and Officer Dewey Unger and Detective Thomas DiMichele. June 3: The Shenandoah Homeowners Association d i s c ove re d the theft from their building on

Mount hood Lane when they went to use their air conditioners. Unknown subject(s) removed 2 air conditioning units from the building during the last week according to Officer Nicholas Franco...Officer Robert O’Neill is investigating the theft of 3 kayaks and from a residence on Route 35 North sometime over the weekend. The kayaks are described as a yellow ” Ocean” brand 11 feet long, an Olive “Native” kayak 11.6 feet long, a “Big Stick” 10 .6 feet long, a Black “Ainsworth paddle, and a “Aquasport” paddle...Officer Carl Basile is investigating the theft of Cobra golf clubs and bag from the Bay Lea Golf course. June 2: At 6 p.m. lightning struck pole wires which came down at 1902 Hovsons Blvd Holiday City Silverton. Electric outage for community for three hours and Hovsons Blvd had to be closed to this incident. May 31: Toms River Officer Nicholas Franco was responding to fraud call 8 p.m. on Thursday night at BJ Wholesale on Route 37, referencing two males attempting to buy gift cards with preloaded sponsored gift cards. Officer Franco was alerted to a vehicle description from loss prevention officers and communications personnel and stopped a Chevy van with New York plates after locating it near Route 37 and Hospital drive. As a result of an investigation the two suspects in the van were arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, a cleaver and possession of fireworks. They are being held in Ocean County Jail on $2,500 no 10%. William O’Connor 26, 4910 Tiilden Avenue , Brooklyn & Dennard Robinson 32, 923 E 101 Street, Brooklyn. May 29: Officer Christian Kant and Corporal Paul Burkhardt investigated the theft of two air conditioner units from the rear of a commercial property at 644 Fischer Blvd. The units were removed sometime during the last three days and were valued at $5000... Officer Dan Brennan and Chris Leighton are investigating the burglary of the Dean Dance Studio at 621 Washington Street that occurred between midnight and 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning. The owner found the front door was forced open and the officer was entered and some checks were removed... Corporal Robert O” Neill is investigating the attempted

June 4:At 1:31 am, officers investigated the report of an Assault which allegedly took place on Locust Avenue. During the investigation, a 26 year old male was arrested and charged with Simple Assault. He was processed and released pending a court appearance. - During a motor vehicle stop at 9:06 am on Nature Boulevard, a 43 year male was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Freehold Township. He was processed and released after posting bail..At 10:31 am, a resident of Meadowood Road made a report of a stolen vehicle. It was reported that a 2004 Kawasaki motorcycle was stolen from a shed on the property...At 1:02 pm, officers responded to the parking lot of the Jackson Crossings on the report of a Burglary to a Motor Vehicle and Theft. It was reported that an unlocked vehicle was entered by unknown suspect(s) who stole a backpack containing the victim’s property...At 3:51 pm, officers responded to a residence on Willow Drive where the caller made a report of the Theft of over $200 in cash from the residence. June 3: At 5:45 pm, police officers responded to a building on West Countyline Road which had previously been occupied by the Provident Bank on the report of suspicious activity at the location. A caller had contacted headquarters and reported seeing a vehicle parked behind the building and a male exiting the building through a broken window.

location and copper piping and cutting tools were observed inside the vehicle and later recovered. Police arrested Frederick T. Esposito, age 25 of Jackson... At 12:45 am, officers responded to an address on Azalea Circle on a report of a stolen motor vehicle. It was reported that the victim loaned the vehicle to an acquaintance who did not return it. A complaint was signed, charging the 28 year old male suspect with Unlawful Taking of Means of Conveyance...At 3:10 pm, a 33 year old male resident of Trenton was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Clinton. He was processed and released after posting bail...At 4:10 pm, during the course of a motor vehicle stop, a 29 year old female resident of Jackson was arrested on outstanding warrants out of Jackson, Brick and Manchester. She was processed and later released on bond. She was also issued summons for an Improper Left Turn, Equipment violations and Driving While Suspended...At 6:33 pm, officers responded to Brewers Bridge Road on the report of an erratic driving complaint. Officers located the vehicle reported and during the following investigation, a 55 year old female was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Driving and Improper U-Turn. She was processed and released on summons pending a court appearance...Officers also responded to 6 reportable motor vehicle crashes throughout the township on this date. June 2: At 12:53 am, officers responded to a residence on Goldthread Court on the report of a disturbance. During the investigation, a 21 year old male resident of Waretown was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Toms River. He was later turned over to the Toms River Police

Toms River Police Officers Larry DiFabio and Brian Dugan were in their marked patrol unit when they heard a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Oakridge Parkway. The driver of the vehicle Frank Laspina, 62, of Cape Coral Florida, reported the car accelerated rapidly and his brakes did not work causing him to lose control of the vehicle. The car left the roadway and drove through some trees and into a home on Sun Valley Road. Toms River Fire Company 1#2 responded to the accident due to a gas leak that was caused by the accident. Mr. Laspina was airlifted from Winding River Park to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune Township. Officer Terry warren is investigating the accident. The male subject left the area in the vehicle prior to officer’s arrival on scene. The investigation revealed that entry had been made into the building and copper piping had been cut out and removed from the property. The vehicle and male were located by other officers a short while later. He was identified as being the subject observed at the

Department when he was unable to post bail. A 24 year old male resident was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Bass River. He was processed and later released with a court date from Bass River. A 25 year old female resident of Toms River was arrested and charged with Simple Assault. She was processed and released pending a court appearance...A 23

year old male resident of Trenton was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Jackson. He was later lodged in the Ocean County Jail when he was unable to post bail...Officers responded to a residence on Cassville Road on the report of a disturbance. During the investigation, a 45 year old male was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of the Ocean County Superior Court. He was turned over to the Sheriff’s Department. June 1:At 6:50 am, officers responded to a residence on Arcadia Court on the report of Criminal Mischief. The caller reported that a window was shattered and two tires were flattened on a vehicle...At 10:52 am, officers responded to a business on Farmingdale Road on the report of Harassment. It had been reported that there had been over 30 phone calls made to the victim during the morning by a person threatening and using obscene language. As the matter was being investigated, the suspect called again while officers were present. A 43 year old female was later arrested and charged with Harassment for the incident. She was processed and released pending a court appearance...At 3:45 pm, a 20 year old male was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Jackson. He was later lodged in the Ocean County Jail when he was unable to post bail. May 31:At 11:43 am, officers responded to the Jackson Liberty High School on the report of an assault. It had been reported that a school security officer had been assaulted while attempting to prevent a fight

in a hallway in the school. During the investigation, a 17 year old female was taken into custody and charged with Aggravated Assault for the incident. She was processed and later released pending a court appearance...At 3:26 pm, during a motor vehicle stop on Nature Boulevard, a 42 year old male was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Brick. He was processed and later turned over to the Brick Police Department when he was unable to post bail...At 4:40 pm, during a motor vehicle stop on East Veterans Highway, a 55 year old male was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Marlboro. He was processed and released after posting bail... At 5:42 pm, a report of Computer Theft was taken by a resident of Scotland Drive. It was reported that unknown person(s) accessed a debit card account without permission and made purchases...At 6:51 pm, officers responded to the report of a dispute at a residence on Dorathys Lane. During the investigation, a 37 year old female was arrested and charged with Simple Assault. She was processed and released pending a court appearance...At 7:10 pm, officers responded to a residence on Freehold Road on the report of an Attempted Burglary. The resident reported that unknown person(s) had attempted to make entry into the house through a bedroom window. It did not appear that entry was gained...On this date, officers also responded to the report of six reportable motor vehicle crashes throughout the township.

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Certification Issues with Low Bidder Forces Brick Council to Rebid FEMA Debris Removal Project Staff Report BRICK – At a recent Brick Township council meeting, the council here was prepared to authorize a bid for FEMA authorized removal of debris on public and private properties, but was notified by Township Business Administrator Scott Pazarras that the motion would be carried to the next meeting because of issues that arose prior to the meeting regarding the bidding process. Councilman Joseph Sangiovanni asked why the measure is being held. Councilman John Ducey explained that the bid amount had been increased by $3.1 million and that one of the bidders, Ash Britt, Inc. may be withdrawing their bid. “Is there a reason why we found out at 6:45 tonight that this problem occurred?” asked Mr. Moore. Pezarras notified Mr. Moore that his office was notified earlier in the afternoon and email correspondence had been sent to the council. “We’ve been working on this for two weeks and a monkey wrench was thrown in this morning. We found out one of the bidders was denied,” he added. Mayor Acropolis questioned the council about receiving the email. “Didn’t you get an email earlier today about this issue? And if you did, maybe we should have come in a bit earlier to work on it as opposed to just saying we’re not going to do anything for two or three weeks,” the Mayor said. He criticized the council’s

decision to postpone the discussion. Township Attorney Jean Cipriani explained to the council that they have different options to remedy the situation but recommended any course of action be taken in executive session. Councilman John Ducey rebutted, saying he wasn’t going to just approve $1.3 million dollars and that his busy schedule prohibited him from arriving to town hall earlier. “I understand you’re a very busy attorney, I understand that, but the people out here pay your salary and there are thousands of people affected by Sandy that want us to move forward on this,” the Mayor lashed out at Councilman Ducey. “I’m sorry that you were too busy that you spent twelve minutes doing it.” Councilwoman Lydecker deferred to counsel to ask why the council cannot just rebid the project and Mrs. Cipriani once again recommended the discussion to take place in executive session for the township’s best interest because of anticipated litigation. The council learned from the NJ DEP that a bid submitted by T. Fiore Construction was not valid because the company did not possess the necessary certifications by the state. By going to the next highest bid, the project would exceed the engineer’s initial estimates by $1.3 million. The council then held a vote to re-bid the debris removal project, rescinding the previous bid request.

Don’t Mow your Lawn -

A Patriot Declares Independence

By Frank Cipriani I was enjoying a little online chat with my editor when he informed me that he had to go mow his lawn. He left the chat before I could warn him of the consequences of this antiquated and barbaric practice. Turns out, that lawns were invented in France, the nation that brought us smelly cheese and creeping socialism, and so many other un-American practices, like atheism and dudes in tights. Lawns were invented so that, from a distance, castle keepers could see that enemies were approaching. In the mid-nineteenth century, Americans wanted to imitate the Frenchified landscaping which had, by then, taken hold in Scotland and England. The wet climate and more northerly latitudes made lawns a more organic choice in Europe than they were in the United States. I’ve been reading the dire news from Europe about how the world economies are going south and how, because we are no longer independent of the global vicissitudes of the marketplace, we may experience a renewed economic crash, just like we did at the end of the Bush presidency. If we do, it will be thanks to our dependence on the Europeans, the same peo-

ple who brought lawns (and smallpox) to North America. And this time, there will be no bailout. In other bad news, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts an above-active hurricane season. Not to say the sky is falling, but if it’s going to fall, it turns out the worst thing you could do is mow your lawn. What does this mean for us here along the river? Will it mean empty grocery shelves, or more long lines for gas? Will it mean that we won’t be able to send our children to college or enjoy our retirement? Will I have to drive four hours north (again) to watch “Breaking Amish?” I don’t think it will be quite as bad as all that, especially for those of us who practice “liberty gardening.” Therefore, I humbly suggest that each and every one of you tear out your lawns. Think about it - grass is useless. Lawn maintenance costs money and gives nothing in return but a boring monoculture of endless steppe and greenery which demands mowing, fertilizing and watering, reducing us all to meaningless serfdom when we could be inside inventing a new form of math, or some alternate form of energy, or even publishing a newspaper. Heartier plants seed themselves in this chemical-rich environment, and the homeowner is forced to counter with even stronger chemicals. More than 60 percent of all these chemicals never reach the roots of the grass, and instead are washed into Barnegat Bay, where they contribute to the rise of jellyfish populations and algae blooms and force a dieoff of fish and shellfish in the bay and ocean. Grass, it turns out, has

two different processes by which to propagate. It can be seeded, or it can reproduce by runner. Most homeowners are restricted by law from propagating their grass by seed, although this is the best method by which to maintain a thick, drought-resistant lawn. This is why most lawns propagate through underground runners. In some areas, where the soil is clay and has poor drainage, allowing grasses to go to seed is a bad idea, but in our area, which is mostly sand, local varieties of turfgrass (not hybrids) can be bred to survive our specific conditions of blistering summers, periods of drought, and wet springs and autumns. The truth is, most of the turfgrass and perennial lawn grasses we grow here in Ocean County could not survive without continued care and mowing, an absurd waste of water, and accompanied by environmentally unfriendly blasts of chemicals. So even if you insist on growing a lawn, you really shouldn’t mow it until after it has gone to seed. This way, at least, you’re reseeding with turfgrass which is best adapted to survive you very particular little biome. If you do decide to let your grass go to seed, you can do it in patches, allowing the part of your lawn with the worst conditions for growth to complete its life cycle. This assures that any grass that does manage to survive is the heartiest grass for your particular lawn. Then, cut it gradually, collect the seeds and scatter them throughout the rest of your lawn. The best times to do this are in the spring and fall. Personally, I hate lawns, and have grown useful edible plants instead, much to the chagrin of my neighbors. This includes wild edibles like Evening Primrose, which I harvest in the spring and freeze. Milkweed,

another wild edible, attracts butterflies, and can be eaten as a potherb. Its unopened flower buds can be cooked in two changes of water and served like broccoli, and the pods it produces can be pickled. I also allow mullein to grow in my yard. The tea helps relieve my asthma. This summer, I will be writing a series of articles dealing with these wonderful “volunteers” which demand so little and give back so much - these are the plants that can feed your family in economically challenging times. So by the time the next disaster comes, be it environmental or economic, you’ll be able to stroll out into your yard and gather some useful plants that come to you, free of charge, and pretty much maintenance free as well. While those McMansion high-falutin’ neighbors of yours struggle to fill the pantry, you’ll be sitting pretty. See, grass isn’t good eating, so unless your neighbor happens to be a cow, when the next disaster that hits, you’ll be the envy of the neighborhood. The next time you’re summoned to mow the lawn, just show this article to your well-meaning loved one or neighbor. Just say “no” to lawn mowing. You’re not being lazy. You’re an American, baby, a Jersey Shore American, doing your patriotic duty by letting those so-called “weeds” help you declare your independence. you’re saying “no” to Euro-culture, and socialism, and smelly cheese. And if your sissified neighbors complain? Just tell them it isn’t an overgrown lawn, it’s a strategic alternative food reserve system, and they can come over and graze when disaster hits. Their eyes will tear with gratitude. And if they don’t? Well, the town usually gives you ten days to mow before they levy fines.

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Party-Line Politics Defeated as Council President Breaks Ranks to Vote with Republicans Iannarone Reappointed as Township Clerk and Registrar of Vital Statistics Staff Report BRICK - Following a long speech by Mayor Steven Acropolis on the history of damages and downfalls of political appointments pertaining to the office of the clerk in the township as historically being a patronage ‘plum’ job, the council voted to reappoint current clerk, Lynnette Iannarone at the May 21st council meeting. The appointment had been split down party lines with Democrat Councilmembers Susan Lydecker, Jim Fozman, and John Ducey backing former council Democrat Kathy Russell for the job, while Republican council members aimed to see that Mrs. Iannarone keep the job she has held and performed acceptably for several years. Council Democrats raised concerns over the incumbent clerk’s tenure status,

which would kick in during her next three year term, and expressed fears she would become a lifetime employee through tenure. Last month, a motion to appoint Russell failed. Ms. Lydecker had said at the time that as a private business owner, she would never hire an employee, “for their entire life” as justification for the termination of Mrs. Iannarone’s services with the township. The council Democrats failed to persuade Council President Moore and his vote created a tie, which defeated the motion. Mr. Moore, a Democrat, crossed party lines and voted with Republicans Joseph Sangiovanni and Domenick Brando. The mayor, who has previously announced he will not run for re-election this year, further, gave the council a passionate speech about putting aside politics. He asked the council to not let politics or party dictate who is best suited for the job.

Mr. Ducey criticized Mr. Sangiovanni, who works as director of Brick Schools’ Transportation Department, and Mayor Acropolis, for his position with the Toms River Municipal Utilities Authority (TRMUA), as justification for his support for Mrs. Russell. The mayor struck back, stating that if they wanted to save real money in the township, instead of disguising a political patronage appointment as savings to the township, they could start with their own salaries, pensions, and health benefits and save taxpayers $1.7 million over the next ten years. He also expressed his feelings about the council holding the vote in his absence after his father passed in May. “When I asked for the council to hold the discussion on the clerk’s position while I attended my father’s funeral, I thought that with all things in politics, that would be the one thing this Democrat council would

stay the course on,” Mayor Acropolis said. “You know the guy’s father did die, give him a break, we’re not going to bring it up.” Instead, the council decided to have the vote in the absence of both the mayor and Mr. Toth. “Mr. Fozzman didn’t even wait until the people who did the pledge of allegiance to walk away from the podium before he made the motion [to appoint Russell],” Mayor Acropolis added. He further stated that the long history of using the clerk’s position as a political reward should end that night and the council should do what’s right for the residents. “We want to be better than everyone else, let’s remove the politics,” he added. “Just because you have tenure doesn’t mean you have a lifetime job.”In the end, the council voted in favor of Ms. Iannarone.


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Ocean Signal - June 7th 2013 - Vol. 1 Issue 4  

The fourth edition of the Ocean Signal, this digital version of the print edition is a compliment to the online news source, www.OceanCounty...

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